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The Teacher 



Art by Alvin Gittins. 



And I give unto you a commandment that you 
shall teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom. 

Teach ye diligently and my grace shall attend 
you, that you may be instructed more perfectly in 
theory, in principle, in doctrine, in the law of the 
gospel, in all things that pertain unto the kingdom 
of God, that are expedient for you to understand; 

Of things both in heaven and in the earth, and 
under the earth; things which have been, things 
which are, things which must shortly come to pass; 
things which are at home, things which, are abroad; 
the wars and the perplexities of the nations, and the 
judgments which are on the land; and a knowledge 
also of countries and of kingdoms — 

That ye may be prepared in all things when I 
shall send you again to magnify the calling where- 
unto I have called you, and the mission with which 
I have commissioned you. 

— Doctrine and Covenants 88:77-80. 

Can you get, in all literature, a more compre- 
hensive statement of the field into which teachers 
must enter for the purpose of being prepared to 
teach the word of God than in that revelation? 

To Help or To Hinder 

In a thoughtful work entitled, "The Religion 
Worth Having," Thomas Nixon Carver once gave 
several sociological marks of what he considered the 
true church. Among other things, I find this com- 
parison: 

Everyone is familiar with the intense struggle 
for existence that is carried on among the trees of 
the forest. It is asserted that the struggle is so in- 

(For Course 13, lesson of August 6, "Responsibility"; for Course 
15, lesson of October 15, "Create In Me A Right Spirit"; for Course 
19, lessons of August 20 and September 10, "Practical Religion — Spirit- 
uality" and "Why A Church?"; for Course 29, lesson of August 20, 
"Why Is Man Here?"; to support family home evening lessons 3 and 
6; and for all teachers.) 



by President David 0. McKay 



tense and the issue of life and death so sharply 
drawn among the young pines of a thicket, that the 
cutting of an inch from the top of one of them will 
doom it to ultimate extinction. Even that slight dif- 
ference puts it at a disadvantage, and it never regains 
what was lost, but falls farther and farther behind 
and eventually is killed by its less unfortunate rivals. 

Now let us imagine that these trees were con- 
scious beings and capable of having a religion. Let 
us suppose further that one set of trees possessed a 
religion which stimulated growth and helped them in 
the struggle for soil and light, while another pos- 
sessed a religion which retarded growth and hindered 
in the struggle. Is there any doubt as to which of 
these religions would ultimately dominate the forest? 
Those trees which happen to possess the religion 
which helped them would survive, and those which 
happen to possess the kind of religion which hinders 
them would perish; and their religion would perish 
with them. 

The issue of life and death is never so sharply 
drawn among human beings as among the trees of 
the forest, but in the long run the result appears to 
be very much the same; if that be true, it will follow 
that the religion which best fits men for the struggle 
with the forces of the world, which enables them to 
survive in this struggle, will eventually be left in 
possession of the world. 

The Superiority of a Divine Organization 

I am grateful for membership in a Church whose 
religion fits men for the struggle with the forces of 
the world and which enables them to survive in this 
struggle. One of these acting forces is the responsi- 
bility of teaching and the opportunity afforded in 
this Church for so many to share this responsibility. 

There are others, also; for example, much might 
be said about the accomplishment of the Church in 
enabling men to win domination over the forces of 
nature; in other words, efficiency in helping supply 
the material needs of mankind. Though this phase 
of our religion is glorious to contemplate and will 
establish in the minds of thinking men the superior- 
ity of this divine organization, I shall merely men- 
tion it as one of the many commendable features 



AUGUST 1967 



297 



THE TEACHER (Continued from preceding page.) 

which help to fit us in the struggle with nature's 
forces. 

Neither shall I dwell upon the social efficiency 
except to suggest that anyone who will give thought 
to it, and examine the divine organization and the 
opportunity that we have for influencing for good 
our young people as social beings, will be convinced 
of the efficacy and superiority of the Church in this 
regard. 

An Army of Teachers 

But I should like now particularly to draw atten- 
tion to the teaching force of the Church. 

Martin Luther once said, "Count it one of the 
highest virtues upon earth to educate faithfully the 
children of others which so few, and scarcely any, 
do their own." 

The obligation of teaching is placed by the 
Church first upon the parents, and the responsibility 
thereof has been placed upon them by divine com- 
mand. But besides parents there are tens of thou- 
sands of men and women, and boys and girls, who 
have accepted the responsibility of teaching. In the 
priesthood quorums alone the number runs into 
many thousands. And if we add mothers and fathers 
and young men and young women in the Relief 
Society, the Sunday School, the Mutual Improve- 
ment Association, the Primary, and the seminaries, 
we have an army of teachers who have the privilege 
and responsibility of exercising what Luther calls 
"one of the highest virtues upon earth." 

Attributes of the True Teacher 

Now in furnishing opportunity for so many to 
get the development that comes to the true teacher, 
think what the Church is doing to help this army of 
teachers as individuals to become strong in the battle 
against the forces of the world! 

First, it places upon them the obligation of 
teaching their fellowmen by example; and there is 
no better safeguard placed upon an honest man or a 
sincere woman. 

Second, it develops the divine attribute of love 
for others. Jesus asked one of His apostles, "Simon, 
son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? . . . 
Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. . . . Feed 
my lambs." (John 21:15.) Love should precede the 
responsibility of feeding those lambs. And these tens 
of thousands of teachers must have in their hearts 
the love of teaching, the love of their fellowmen, and 
a willingness to accept this responsibility with the 
divine attribute of love. 

Then there is a third requirement, namely, purity 
of life. I cannot imagine one who has soiled himself 
successfully teaching purity to boys. I cannot imag- 
ine one who has doubt in his mind about the exist- 



ence of God impressively teaching this existence of 
a Deity to young boys and girls. He cannot do it. 
If he acts the hypocrite and attempts so to teach, 
what he is will speak louder than what he says — and 
that is the danger of having doubting men as teach- 
ers of your children. The poison sinks in, and un- 
consciously they become sick in spirit, because of 
the poison which the person in whom they have con" 
fidence has insidiously instilled into their souls. The 
thought of teachers attempting to teach youth faith 
in God, when they haven't it, is irreconcilable with 
consistency, if not indeed unthinkable. So the third 
qualification is purity of life and faith in the Gospel 
of Jesus Christ. 

Finally, it gives them an opportunity to serve 
their fellowmen, and therein magnify the calling 
which has come to them, and indeed prove that they 
are real disciples of Christ. "Inasmuch as ye have 
done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, 
ye have done it unto me." (Matthew 25:40.) Thus 
the divine principle of service is instilled in their 
hearts. 

The Responsibility of a Teacher 

I ask you to think of the efEect upon society, if 
every worthy teacher, every one, will succeed in in- 
fluencing only one other to love, to have that same 
purity of life, and that same desire to serve his 
fellowmen as he has! 

I once observed a young girl in her teens put 
forth a special effort to speak to the little boy who 
was by my side. I could see that she wanted to recog- 
nize that boy, and that he was glad when he saw her 
to return her salutation. After we passed her I said, 
"Who is she?" 

"She is my teacher," he answered. 

"What is her name?" 

"I don't know what her name is, but, oh, she is 
a dandy!" 

He used an incorrect word, but the significance 
he gave to the word I knew, and the expression on 
his face I read, and in my heart I thanked the young 
girl for the influence she had over that boy. Only 
in her teens, but what that girl will say to him in his 
class he will accept as Gospel truth; what she does in 
her life he will emulate; and that young girl (with 
untold tens of thousands of other teachers) carries 
the responsibility, in a measure, of molding that 
boy's character. 

Oh, how mighty is the responsibility of a teacher! 

God help our teachers to feel the responsibility 
that comes to them, and to remember that responsi- 
bility is not measured alone by what they say, but 
by what they do, and by the opportunities that 
have come to them to know good from evil. 



Library File Reference: TEACHERS AND TEACHING. 



298 



THE INSTRUCTOR 



NEXT MONTH IN YOUR SUNDAY SCHOOL 



A Capsule Guide of September Lessons 
for Home Teachers and Parents 



Gospel Lessons for Little Ones (Course 3; age 3) 

To be a member of a happy family is a great bless- 
ing. The family is God's answer to man's need of 
belonging. Children can be helped to learn early the 
joy of working together as a family in home projects. 
Lessons in September will also emphasize the im- 
portance of prayer in a child's life. 



Growing in the Gospel, Part I (Course 5; ages 4, 5) 

Our pre-mortality , earth life, the earth's creation, 
and our home after death are explained to children 
through stories and experiences that make these 
Gospel principles understandable. 



Living Our Religion, Part I (Course 7; ages 6, 7) 

How can we help children learn to do their part in 
taking care of our chapels'? September lessons give 
the six- and seven-year-olds an appreciation of some 
of the problems involved in building a chapel. They 
will learn about tabernacles also. 



What It Means To Be A Latter-day Saint 

(Course 9; ages 8, 9) 

Can we do better than the world in describing the 
characteristics of a Latter-day Saint? In September 
lessons the children will begin to learn the things 
that make this Church different from others. 



The Church of Christ in Ancient Times 

(Course 15, ages 14, IS) 

Palestine, a midget among nations, was selected to 
be the birthplace of the Church of Jesus Christ in 
the meridian of time. Jesus established His Church 
so that men could receive the ordinances of the Gos- 
pel, worship their Heavenly Father, teach one an- 
other how to live, and help those in need. 



Life in Ancient America (Course 17; ages 16, 17) 

The Book of Mormon was written by Jews; and in 
part, it was written to Jews and for the Jews' bene- 
fit. How, then, can the Book of Mormon be called 
the record of Joseph? September lessons search the 
answer. 



The Gospel Message (Course 19; ages 18-21) 

When was the Gospel of Jesus Christ first introduced 
among men? What modern scientific discoveries out- 
mode religion? Did the early Nephites have the 
priesthood? Did they have a Church? How may 
we recognize the true Church? Look for answers in 
September lessons. 



Family Home Evening (Course 25; adults) 

September lessons introduce us to the new Fam- 
ily Home Evening Manual 1967-1968, which will be 
used both in the home and as a manual for this 
course. Introductory lessons show the impact to be 
had from the guidance of the Holy Ghost in the 
home. 



Old Testament Stories (Course n, ages 10, li) 

How were the people divided into groups after the 
earth was created? What were the differences be- 
tween the people who built the ark and those who 
later tried to build a tower to heaven? September 
lessons will investigate these subjects. 



Messages for Exaltation (Course 27; adults) 

A keystone is the stone in an arch which holds the 
entire structure in place. What is the keystone of 
the Gospel in latter days — what holds all the teach- 
ings together? September lessons discuss this sub- 
ject. 



The Life OF CHRIST (Course 13; ages 12, 13) 

The life of the Savior began, like ours, long before 
He was born on earth. September lessons unfold 
the story of the council in heaven where Jesus 
(Jehovah) offered a plan to allow all of us to come 
to earth and obtain bodies of flesh and blood. 



The Articles of Faith (Course 29; adults) 

What is the significance of the Articles of Faith? 
What are the standard works and where did they 
come from? What is the basic significance of the 
First Vision? Stimulating discussions on these ques- 
tions await members of this class. 



AUGUST 1967 



299 




September, 
a Time 

of Beerinnin 




by Ethna R. Reid 



The three-year-old child will be attending his 
first Sunday School class at a time when psycholo- 
gists are concerned with early pre-school training; 
when educators are convinced that every subject 
has a basic structure, and that part of that structure 
can be taught in some form to any child at any age 
level. 

Intelligence and Experience 

Concern for providing experiences for the very 
young child has come about after years of research. 
Psychologists recognize now that intelligence is not 
fixed or immutable, as supposed for some sixty years, 
but that the experiences provided a child can en- 
large and enhance his intelligence; and the earlier 
these experiences occur, the greater his intellectual 
capacity is developed. 

It was revealed to Joseph Smith as early as 1843 
that intelligence could be expanded through a per- 
son's experiences. He wrote: 

Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto 
in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection. 

And if a person gains more knowledge and intel- 
ligence in this life through his diligence and obe- 
dience [experience] than another, he will have so 
much the advantage in the world to come. (Doc- 
trine and Covenants 130:18, 19.) 

Benjamin Bloom writes: "General intelligence 
appears to develop as much from conception to age 
4 as it does during the 14 years from age 4 to 18." 
He further states that a characteristic such as gen- 
eral intelligence "can be more drastically affected 
by the environment in its most rapid period of 
growth than in its least rapid period of growth." 1 
Therefore, intelligence is most affected by experi- 



Junior Sunday School 



ences between birth and four years of age. A dif- 
ference of 20 I.Q. points is a fair estimate of the 
amount of difference produced by abundant or de- 
prived environments. 2 

What Is Required of Parents? 

Much is written for parents of very young chil- 
dren to help them provide an environment condu- 
cive to intellectual growth. We must be equally 
concerned that we are providing children with early 
experiences for spiritual growth. Latter-day scrip- 
ture reveals that: 

. . . Power is not given unto Satan to tempt 
little children, until they begin to become account- 
able before me; 

For it is given unto them even as I will . . . that 
great things may be required at the hand of their 
fathers. (Doctrine and Covenants 29:47, 48.) 

Great things are required of their fathers — and 
their mothers — to provide many significant spiritual 
opportunities for their children before Satan has 
power to tempt them. Fortunate is the child who 
is provided with: 

1. An environment of love and acceptance; 

2. An environment of parental commitment to 
serve God; 

3. A father's blessing in the first weeks of his 
life, with the child's name being placed on the 
Church records; 

4. Parents who take him regularly to Sunday 
School and sacrament meetings — to partake of the 
Spirit — even before he can understand the words 
spoken; 

5. Parents who help him participate in family 
prayers, individual prayers, home evenings, talent 
shows, scripture reading, and faith-promoting stories; 

6. Explanations by patient parents to help him 
understand the world around him; 

7. Visits to the elderly, widowed, and needy — 
opportunities to see parents giving of themselves 
and material possessions; 

8. Demonstrations of kindness to family, friends, 
and animals, and reminders of the good in brothers 
and sisters; 

9. Opportunities to talk with his mother and 
father about his Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ 



(To support family home evening lesson 26.) 

iBenjamin S. Bloom, Stability and Change in Human Character- 
istics; John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, N.Y., 1965; pages 
207-208, 210. Used by permission. 



2 See Benjamin S. Bloom, Stability and Change in Human Char- 
acteristics, page 71. 

* Ethna Robinson Reid is a member of the Sunday School gen- 
eral board, in charge of Junior Sunday School. She is a teacher on 
elementary and secondary levels in Salt Lake Valley schools. She 
attended the University of Utah (B.A., 1948; Ph.D., 1965). She is the 
wife of Mervin R Reid; they served in the Northwestern States Mis- 
sion (1949-1951) and the New England Mission (1951). They have 
three children and are members of the East Mill Creek 8th Ward, 
Mount Olympus Stake. 



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and what they do for him. Parents will be provid- 
ing most of the words and phrases, but the child's 
thought processes and spiritual power will be grow- 
ing. 

Children Reflect Their Training 

The comments and actions of children reflect 
their early spiritual training. During a Sunday 
School lesson a young but wise teacher told her 
three-year-olds that Jesus said we should love every- 
one. One boy asked, "Are we even supposed to love 
the bad guys?" "Yes," answered the teacher. "Why 
do you think Jesus wants us to love them?" The 
three-year-old thoughtfully responded, "Maybe if we 
love them, we can help them become good." 

A six-year-old girl bore this testimony to her 



Sunday School teacher during a lesson on prayer: 
"We have been praying every morning and night 
for Cissy to get better and come home from the 
hospital. Sarah called last night and said they were 
bringing her home today." 

The two thousand stripling soldiers of Helaman 
were taught by their mothers "that if they did not 
doubt, God would deliver them," and they "fought 
as if with the strength of God." (Alma 56.) 

Righteous habits and reasonings are the first 
blessings we help to give our children. No temple 
should be left unfurnished. 

Train up a child in the way he should go: and 
when he is old, he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 
22:6.) 

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Art by Dale Kilhourn. 

As we read of the apostles of old and their unusual callings to the 
ministry of Christ, we wonder about the emotional crises they faced 
and about the challenges to their faith. To enrich lessons discussing the 
ancient apostles, we present the reaction of a latter-day prophet when 
this special call came to him. (Excerpted from his maiden address at 
general conference, October 1, 1943.) 

YE HAVE NOT CHOSEN ME 



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by Elder Spencer W. Kimball 

of the Council of the Twelve 



I feel extremely humble in this calling that has 
come to me. Many people have asked me if I was 
surprised when it [the calling to the Council of 
the Twelve] came. That, of course, is a very weak 
word for this experience. I was completely over- 
whelmed. I did have a premonition that this 
call was coming, but very brief, however. On 
the eighth of July, when President [J. Reuben] 
Clark called me I was electrified with a strong pre- 
sentiment that something of this kind was going to 
happen. As I came home at noon, my boy was 
answering the telephone and he said, "Daddy, Salt 
Lake City is calling."* 

Like a Bolt of Lightning 

I had had many calls from Salt Lake City. They 

(For Course 5, lesson of August 27, "Ye Are the Salt of the 
Earth"; for Course 7, lesson of August 27, "Our General Authorities"; 
for Course 9, lessons of August 27 and September 3 and 17, "A Leader 
Seeks the Lord," "What Is A Latter-day Saint?" and "The Power of 
Faith"; for Course 15, lessons of October 8 and 15, "Fishers of Men" 
and "'In the Service of the Lord"; for Course 25, lessons of August 
20 and October 1, "Priorities and Emphases" and "To Them That 
Ask"; to support family home evening lesson 25; and of general 
interest.) 

•Elder Kimball lived in Safford, Arizona, at the time of his call 
to the Twelve. 



had not ever worried me like this one. I knew that I 
had no unfinished business in Salt Lake City, and 
the thought came to me quickly, "You are going 
to be called to an important position." Then I hur- 
riedly swept it from my mind, because it seemed so 
unworthy and so presumptuous, and I had convinced 
myself that such a thing was impossible by the time 
that I heard President Clark's voice a thousand miles 
away saying: "Spencer, this is Brother Clark speak- 
ing. The brethren have just called you to fill one of 
the vacancies in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles." 
Like a bolt of lightning it came. I did a great 
deal of thinking in the brief moments that I was on 
the wire. There were quite a number of things said 
about disposing of my business, moving to head- 
quarters, and other things to be expected of me. I 
couldn't repeat them all; my mind seemed to be 
traveling many paths all at once — I was dazed, al- 
most numb with shock; a picture of my life spread 
out before me. It seemed that I could see before 
me all of the people whom I had injured, or who 
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had given offense, and all the small, petty things of 
my life. I sensed immediately my inability and 
limitations and in my heart I cried back, "Not me, 
Brother Clark! You can't mean that!" I was vir- 
tually speechless. My heart pounded fiercely. 

The Period of Purification 

I recall two or three years ago, when Brother Lee 
was giving his maiden address as an apostle of the 
Lord Jesus Christ from this stand, he told of his 
experience through the night after he had been no- 
tified of his call. I think I now know something 
about the experience he had. I have been going 
through it for 12 weeks. I believe the brethren were 
very kind to me in announcing my appointment 
when they did so that I might make the necessary 
adjustments in my business affairs; but perhaps 
they were inspired to give me the time that I needed 
of a long period of purification, for in those long 
days and weeks I did a great deal of thinking and 
praying, and fasting and praying. There were con- 
flicting thoughts that surged through my mind — 
seeming voices saying: "You cannot do the work. 
You are not worthy. You have not the ability" — 
and always finally came the triumphant thought: 
"You must do the work assigned — you must make 
yourself able, worthy, and qualified." And the battle 
raged on. 

I remember reading that Jacob wrestled all 
night, "until the breaking of the day," for a bless- 
ing; and I want to tell you that for 85 nights I have 
gone through that experience, wrestling for a bless- 
ing. Eighty-five times the breaking of the day has 
found me on my knees praying to the Lord to help 
me and strengthen me and make me equal to this 
great responsibility that has come to me. I have not 
sought positions nor have I been ambitious. Promo- 
tions have continued to come faster than I felt I 
was prepared for them. 

The Mormon Way of Life 

... A few days ago one of my well-to-do clients 
came to me and said, "Spencer, you're going away 
from us?" 

"Yes," I said. 

"Well, this is going to ruin you financially," he 
continued. "You are just getting started well; your 
business is prospering. You are making a lot of 
money now, and the future looks bright. I don't 
know how you can do this. You don't have to accept 
the call, do you?" 

And I said, "Brother, we do not have to accept 
any call, but if you understand the Mormon way of 
life, those of us who have been reared in the Church 
and understand the discipline of the Church, we just 
always do accept such calls." And I further said to 



him: "Do you remember what Luke said, '. . . for a 
man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the 
things which he possesseth'? (Luke 12:15.) And all 
the bonds, lands, houses, and livestock are just 
things that mean so little in a person's abundant 
life." 

... I have heard of how people, when they were 
drowning, could see everything that had ever hap- 
pened to them — especially the errors of their lives — 
and I have gone through that experience many times 
during these 85 endless days of emotional stress. 
Each dawn I seemed to expect this — which seemed 
such an impossible dream— to dissipate into vague 
nothingness, as my other dreams have, but reas- 
surance came that it was real. 

A Blessing and A Prophecy 

There are a few things that came to my atten- 
tion recently which strengthen me and in which you 
might be interested — particularly with reference to 
two patriarchal blessings and one prediction or 
prophecy made by my father. This was made known 
to me only a week ago. In preface to the first of 
his statements I will read a line or two from Father's 
patriarchal blessing given to him by Patriarch John 
Smith back in 1898. He said to my father: 

Andrew Kimball . . . thou shalt have the spirit 
of discernment to foretell future events and thy 
name shall be handed down with thy posterity in 
honorable remembrance from generation to genera- 
tion. 

And then Brother Hatch, another patriarch, said: 

. ; . For thou art a prophet and came upon earth 
in this dispensation to be a great leader. 

Just the other day one of my brethren came into 
the office to talk to me intimately and confidently. 
After closing the door, he said, "Spencer, your father 
was a prophet. He made a prediction that has literal- 
ly come to pass. . . . You were just a little boy and 
you were sitting there milking the cows, and singing 
to them as you milked. Your father turned to me 
and said, 'Brother, that boy, Spencer, is an excep- 
tional boy. He always tries to mind me, whatever 
I ask him to do. I have dedicated him to be one 
of the mouthpieces of the Lord — the Lord willing. 
You will see him some day as a great leader. I have 
dedicated him to the service of God, and he will 
become a mighty man in the Church.' " 

I say this, not in the sense of boasting, but in 
humility and appreciation. It came to me as a great 
surprise when first I heard of it the other day. I 
knew my father was prophetic, and some day I hope 
to be able to tell you some of his many prophecies 
which have been literally fulfilled. 

(Concluded on page 306.) 



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A CROCODILE 

DOESN'T GO TO 

SUNDAY SCHOOL 

by Janice Dixon* 

Douglass was three years old. 

"When you are three, you will be able to go to 
Junior Sunday School," Doug's mother had told 
him. He remembered because today was his third 
birthday. 

"I want to go to Sunday School," Doug said 
and put on his new stockings and brand new shoes. 

"Tomorrow is Sunday School," his mother told 
him, "and today is Saturday. We are going to the 
zoo and see all the animals." 

"Do the animals in the zoo go to Sunday School?" 
asked Doug. 



*Janice Thome Dixon is Junior Sunday School coordinator and 
drama director in Grant 12th Ward, Grant Stake, Salt Lake City. 
She has earned degrees from Brigham Young University (A.B. 1955) 
and the University of Utah (MFA 1967). She has written many plays 
— both comedy and drama — ■ which have been produced in her ward 
and stake, and also during the summer season at the University of 
Utah. She has won several awards in the Utah Fine Arts competi- 
tion for her playwriting. She was born in Provo, Utah, and is mar- 
ried to Willard C Dixon; they have five children. 

(For Course la, lesson of August 13, "Our Animal Friends"; for 
Course 3, lessons of September 3 and October 8 and 22, "We Have Joy 
in Family Excursions," "We Can Do Many Things at Sunday School," 
and "Animals Can Do Many Things"; to support family home evening 
lesson 30.) 



His mother laughed and said, "No, animals 
wouldn't know how to behave in Sunday School." 

The gate of the zoo looked tall as the sky, with 
a cougar of cement crouched on either side at the 
top of the gate. Doug ran quickly inside where they 
couldn't see him. Just then he heard a loud roar, 
as loud as thunder sounded, even with a pillow over 
his head. Doug took hold of his mother's hand, and 
they went toward the sound. A lion the color of 
marmalade paced back and forth inside his cage. 
With each few steps he opened his mouth and let 
out a terrible roar. 

"I know why the lion doesn't go to Sunday 
School," said Doug. "He makes too much noise." 

The lion's roar stopped the monkeys' chattering, 
and Doug ran to watch them swinging and climbing 
around on the bars. One monkey chased another 
one around and around. A little, brown monkey 
with serious eyes turned upside down on the bars 
and looked at Doug through his legs. 

"You can't go to Sunday School," said Doug, 
"because you don't know how to sit still." 

The donkey was soft and brown and had a warm, 
wet nose. "He looks like a horse except for his ears." 
But when the donkey opened his mouth and brayed, 
"He haw, he haw," Doug scolded him. "You can't 
laugh loud like that in Sunday School," he said. 

The ox was behind two fences of heavy wire, 



(Cloth or paper puppets can be made, with a bar at the back for holding.) 




Insert forefinger for 
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but when he saw Doug he ran toward him and tried 
to poke him with his sharp horns. "You've got to 
learn to stop poking people," Doug warned, "or 
you'll never get to listen to the stories." But the 
ox only shook his pointed horns. 

When Doug went close to the hippopotamus's cage 
he saw food all over the floor. The hippopotamus 
didn't seem to care. He was sleeping under the 
water with only his nose showing. Some lettuce was 
on one side of the cage and some oranges were on 
the other. Hay was spread all over the floor, and a 
carrot floated on the water and almost hit the 
hippopotamus on his sleepy nose. 

"We don't throw food or anything on the floor 
in Church," said Doug. "We take care of our build- 
ing." The hippopotamus yawned, opened his big 
mouth, swallowed the carrot, and went back to sleep. 

The crocodile was sound asleep in his cage. Doug 
called to him, "Hey, crocodile!" But the animal did 
not blink his eyes nor twitch his tail. The zoo keeper 
threw some food to him, and Doug called again, 
louder, "Hey, crocodile!" The crocodile lay quiet. 
He looked like a big plastic animal to play with in 
the bath. "If that old crocodile doesn't listen, he'll 
never hear the songs and stories." 

Doug visited all the animals in the zoo, but he 
didn't see one that would know how to behave in 

(Concluded on following page.) 




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(Concluded from preceding page.) 

Sunday School. The elephant was the last animal 
they saw in the zoo. Doug always waited until last 
to visit him because he was a favorite. Doug's mother 
told him that an elephant could remember for years 
and years. He watched the huge, gray elephant 
walk around. When the elephant saw Doug, he came 
over to the side of his pen and reached his trunk 
out to him. 

"He remembers me!" Doug laughed and gave 
him the bread crumbs he had in a sack. 

"And I'll remember how to behave in Sunday 
School. I'll remember not to make a noise like the 
Hon, not to wiggle like the monkeys, not to laugh 
loud like the donkey, not to poke others like the ox. 
I won't be messy like the hippopotamus, and I'll 
be especially careful to listen when the stories are 
being told. I won't go to sleep like the crocodile." 

And when Doug went to Sunday School the 
next day, he did remember. 



Library File Reference: SUNDAY SCHOOL— JUNIOR SUNDAY 
SCHOOL. 




'YE HAVE NOT CHOSEN ME 



(.Concluded from page 303.) 



Leaning Heavily on the Promises of the Lord 

... In these long weeks since July 8, I can tell 
you that I have been overwhelmed and have felt 
that I was unable to carry on this great work; that 
I was unworthy; that I was incapable because of 
my weaknesses and my limitations. I have felt many 
times that I was up against a blank wall. And in 
that interim I have been out in the desert and in 
high mountains alone, apart, and have poured out 
my soul to God. I have taken courage from one or 
two scriptures which constantly came to my mind 
and of which people continued to remind me. One 
was from Paul, and as I felt so foolish, small, and 
weak, I remembered that he said: 

Because the foolishness of God is wiser than 
men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 
For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many 
wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many 
noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish 
things of the world to confound the wise; and God 
hath chosen the weak things of the world to con- 
found the things which are mighty. . . . That no 
flesh should glory in his presence. (I Corinthians 
1:25-29.) 

When my feeling of incompetence wholly over- 
whelmed me, I remembered the words of Nephi when 
he said: 

. . . / will go and do the things which the Lord 
hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth 



no commandments unto the children of men, save he 
shall prepare a way for them that they may accom- 
plish the thing which he commandeth them. (1 Nephi 
3:7.) 

I want to tell you that I lean heavily on these 
promises that the Lord will strengthen me and give 
me growth, and fit and qualify me for this great 
work. I have seen the Lord qualify men. In my 
Church experience I have helped to make many 
bishops. I have seen them grow and prosper and 
become great and mighty men in the Church; men 
who were weak and men who were foolish, and they 
became strong and confounded the wise; and so I 
rely upon that promise of the Lord that he will 
strengthen and empower me that I may be able to 
do this work to which I have been called. ... 

Testimony 

I know that this is the Church and kingdom of 
God. It has been a part of me. Whenever it has 
prospered, I have gloried in it. When it was criti- 
cized, it has hurt me, for it seemed a part of my 
very being. Every fibre in my body bears witness 
that this is the Gospel of Jesus Christ in its fulness. 
I testify to you that this is the work of God, that 
Jesus is the Christ, our Redeemer, our Master, our 
Lord, and I bear testimony to you in all sincerity 
and in deepest humility, in the name of Jesus Christ. 
Amen. 



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I DON'T 
KNOW" 



by Lowell L. Bennion 



"Teaching Insights' 1 — Eighth in a Series 



Everyone has questions he wants answered — 
questions for which there are no answers in human 
experience, neither in science, philosophy, nor every- 
day living. It is natural then to look to religion 
to solve the mysteries of life. 

Through faith and revelation, religion does lead 
us beyond the limits of knowledge based on human 
experience alone. It presents to us great postulates 
of faith concerning the existence, the character, and 
the purposes of Deity, the origin and destiny of man, 
and the saving mission of Jesus Christ. 

Although the Gospel takes us beyond mundane 
knowledge in certain directions, this does not mean 
that all questions pertaining to life and the universe 
are answered in holy writ or over the pulpit. The 
fulness of the Gospel — as the Father and Son know 
and live it — is not ours. The gifts of the Gospel — 
priesthood, the gift of the Holy Ghost, revelation, 
and the redeeming life of Christ — are all present and 
available to man, but their complete meaning we do 
not comprehend; their full power we do not enjoy 
in our weak and human state. Well did the early 
prophets realize that man does not comprehend all 
the ways of His Maker. 

In his moving farewell sermon, King Benjamin 
said: 

. . . Believe that man doth not comprehend all 
the things which the Lord can comprehend. (Mosiah 
4:9.) 



In eloquent words Isaiah expresses the same 
thought: 

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither 
are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the 
heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways 
higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your 
thoughts. (See Isaiah 55:8-9.) 

And Moses, having been in the presence of God 
and having beheld but a portion of His creative 
works, 

. . . Said unto himself: Now, for this cause I know 
that man is nothing, which thing I never had sup- 
posed. (Moses 1:10.) 

Implications for Teachers 

The Gospel teacher should not succumb to the 
temptation to feel that he has or must have all the 
answers. He must guard against elaborating on the 
unknown by inventing answers out of his own ex- 
perience and imagination — answers which have no 
basis in scripture nor in fact. 

The teacher must be careful for several reasons: 

(1) We must not limit the great Creator to our 
puny knowledge. His ways are not our ways. It is 
more scriptural, more reverent, and more truthful 
to say that man is in the image of God than to make 
Him in the image of man. Nor is the Creator limited 
by man's ways and knowledge in His creative work. 

(2) The teacher's knowledge is always limited; 
and when he gives out his own ideas of the unknown, 
he is bound to build faith on foundations which will 
not stand up in the lives of his students. He prepares 
them for a fall, for disillusionment, for loss of faith. 
A teacher should not teach things which must be 
unlearned. 

Our suggestion, then, is that the teacher of the 
Gospel not be afraid to make such statements as, 
"I don't know"; "To my knowledge this has not been 
revealed"; "In this wonderful world of God, there 
are many things we don't know"; "Let's make sure 
we understand and live the basic, fundamental prin- 
ciples such as repentance, forgiveness, humility, and 
love before we delve into the mysteries of God"; 
"But keep asking questions, whenever and wherever 
you wish — some we can research, on others we will 
reserve judgment." 

Questions: 

1. Anthony W. Ivins is reported to have said that a 
mystery is an idea on which three men in the Church 
disagree. Can you suggest some things taught by teachers in 
the Church which are but elaborations of the unknown? 

2. What are some great, fundamental themes about which 
we need to know more? 



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...THE 



THINGS OF 
THE JEWS" 




Art by Dale Kilbourn. 

Once when the Book of Mormon prophet, Nephi, 
attempted to teach his people the scriptures, they 
had some difficulty in understanding because their 
background was not the same as Nephi's. He had 
been born and reared in the very environment where 
some of the scriptures were written. Of this he wrote: 

. . . Mine eyes hath beheld the things of the 
Jews, and I know that the Jews do understand 
the things of the prophets, and there is none other 
people that understand the things which were spoken 
unto the Jews like unto them, save it be that they 
are taught after the manner of the things of the 
Jews. (2 Nephi 25:5.) 

Nephi had a distinct advantage in having lived 
in the cultural environment of the prophets. His 
people did not have this advantage, and neither do 
we today. But we can come to a much clearer under- 
standing of the scriptures if we avail ourselves of 
all reasonable and trustworthy sources of informa- 
tion about "the things of the Jews," or the back- 
ground of the scriptures, as it might be termed. For 
example, in reading the Gospel accounts of the birth 
and boyhood of the Savior, brief as these stories are, 
we encounter many names of people, places, and 
things which do not readily call forth meanings from 
our minds as casual readers, because we, as Nephi's 



(For Course 13, lesson of October 1 to 29, "A Command From 
Rome," "When Shepherds Watched Their Flocks," "Wise Men of the 
East," "First Visit to the Temple," and "A Warning in the Night"; 
for Course 15, lessons of September 10 to 24, "A Wondrous Land," 
"Palestine," and "Life in Palestine"; for Course 17, lesson of Sep- 
tember 10, "From Whom They Descended"; and of general interest.) 



by Dale C. LeCheminanV 



people, lack background. A few such terms will 
illustrate this point: 

In Matthew and Luke, we learn that Jesus was 
born during the rule of a certain "Herod, King of 
Judea"; and Luke tells us that this birth took place 
in the "City of David, which is called Bethlehem." 
Who was this "Herod, King of Judea" and why was 
Bethlehem referred to as the "City of David"? 

Herod, King of Judea 

Herod, called "the Great," was the successor of 
his own father, Antipater, as the governor of Pal- 
estine. He inherited much of the strength and cun- 
ning of his sire, who had fought his way to political 
success during the unsettled period of early Roman 
rule of Palestine. Antipater and his sons, who car- 
ried on after him, were, in fact, "native agents" of 
the empire, for they claimed to be part Jewish and, 
hence, of the people. Josephus, a Jewish historian 
and near contemporary of Jesus, wrote of Herod as 
a man of great ability who reigned under the good 
graces of the Roman Emperor, Caesar Augustus, and 
his local minister, Agrippa. 

Herod administered well the affairs of Palestine 
against every threat, with the tragic exception of 

*Dale C LeCheminant is a member of the faculty at the Salt 
Lake Institute of Religion, University of Utah. He has served in a 
bishopric, on a high council, on MIA and Sunday School stake 
boards, and now teaches Sunday School. He served in the Danish 
Mission (1947-1950) and as a guide on Temple Square (1950-1959). 
He married Wanda L. Nielsen and they are members of Winder 5th, 
Ward, Winder Stake. They have five children. 



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his own jealous tyranny, which eventuated in the 
murder of his wife, and his own children, and those 
children of Palestine among whom this brutal exe- 
cutioner hoped was the newly born "King of the 
Jews." In his warped mind he saw Jesus as a threat 
to his own rule. 1 

City of David 

Today, the ancient city of Bethlehem is repre- 
sented by the little town of 7,500 inhabitants called 
Beit Lahm, which lies five miles south of Jerusalem. 
Its history is as varied as it is distinguished. Before 
the arrival of the Hebrews in the land of promise, 
the town was named Beth-Lahamu, "house of the 
God Lahumu," a Babylonian deity worshiped by the 
Canaanites of that area. When the Hebrews suc- 
ceeded the Canaanites, the name was changed to 
Beth-lehem, "house of bread." It is referred to as 
the "City of David" because the family of David 
originated in Bethlehem. Early in the period of the 
Judges, Ruth, the admirable and virtuous Moabitess 
after whom the Biblical account of her life is named, 
settled in Bethlehem and became the ancestress of 
the family of David, whose connection with Bethle- 
hem is emphasized throughout the history of Israel. 
(See / Samuel 16:1-18; 17:12; 20:6.) No greater 
king did Israel ever have than King David, and the 
little town is distinguished by his name and, fitting- 
ly, the birth of the Savior, who descended through 
the Davidic line. 2 

To that small but famous city, during the reign 
of the infamous Herod, came certain "wise men from 
the east" searching for the newly born King of the 
Jews, for they had seen his "star in the east" and 
wished to worship him with gifts of "gold, and 
frankincense, and myrrh." Eventually they found 
him, as had the shepherds who, as Luke records, 
saw him "wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a 
manger." 3 {Luke 2:12.) 

Wise Men from the East 

The wise men are mentioned only by Matthew, 
who indicates neither a specific number nor origin 
of these men except that they came from the east 



x See James Hastings (editor), Frederick C. Grant and H. H. 
Rowley (revised edition editors), Dictionary of the Bible; Charles 
Scribner's Sons, New York, 1963; page 379. 

2 See Giuseppe Ricciotti, The Life of Christ; The Bruce Publishing 
Company, Milwaukee, Wis., 1947; page 237. 

3 It appears from Matthew's account that the wise men might not 
have come until sometime after Jesus' birth. This is indicated by 
several facts: When the wise men saw the star heralding the birth 
of Jesus, they were in the east; and surely it must have taken them 
some time to arrive in Bethlehem. As the story unfolds, again they 
saw the star, which led them to the house where they found Jesus. 
Joseph and Mary were warned by the angel and departed for Egypt. 
Had these events been at the very birth of Jesus, there would have 
been no time for the period of Mary's purification to pass nor for the 
trip to the temple which Luke describes. Further, Herod gave in- 
structions to slay all the children in the area "from two years old 
and under." Had these orders been given immediately after the birth 
event, why were children as old as two years placed under the edict? 
And when Mary and Joseph went to the temple, why was it they 
offered only a pair of doves, when with the gold from the wise men 
they could have purchased and offered the lamb required under the 
law for those who could provide it? (See Leviticus 12:1-6.) 



(Erot), which is a vague term indicating all regions 
beyond the Jordan to the east — the Syro-Arabian 
desert, Mesopotamia (Babylonia), and Persia. The 
designation of these people as "wise men" is made 
in both the King James Version and the Revised 
Standard Version of the Bible; but in the Vulgate 
(Catholic Version) they are called the Magi, which 
is the plural for Magus from which the modern word 
magician comes. 

Possibly these Magi were disciples of Zoroaster, 
founder of an ancient Persian religion about the 6th 
century B.C. As a class they were powerful, and 
like many learned people in those days and regions, 
they studied the movement of the stars. According 
to one native tradition, the Persians were awaiting 
a kind of savior and knew, as well, of a similar ex- 
pectation in Palestine. One scholar believes that 
such tradition is entirely plausible: that, indeed, at 
the beginning of the Christian era the Jewish ex- 
pectation of a Messiah was known among the Magi; 
that this foreign expectation became identified with 
their waiting a "helper," and, further, that some of 
them were interested in the appearance of this Jew- 
ish king. 4 Earlier, the Magi as a group had fallen 
into disrepute; hence, the word Magus came to have 
a distasteful sense and from as early as the 5th 
century B.C. was used in Greek to mean "sorcerer." 
(See Acts 13:6, 8; 8:9-24.) 

Only western tradition sets the number of these 
wise men at three, possibly, some think, because of 
the number of their gifts; whereas, Oriental tradi- 
tion suggests twelve wise men. 5 

Star of the East 

Again, it is only in Matthew that there is men- 
tion of the star in the east, which at its first ap- 
pearance was a sign to the wise men of the birth of 
the Jewish king and only later became a guide going 
before them. It seems clear that the spectacle of the 
star is represented as a miraculous event and not 
one to be explained as a natural phenomenon. This 
strongly suggests the uselessness of searching for 
astronomical and historical data to substantiate the 
occurrence. Aside from the question of the nature 
of this heavenly manifestation, is the one as to why 
it should have persuaded the wise men that an im- 
portant Jewish ruler had been born. 

Matthew does not attempt an explanation of this; 
he merely relates the story of their coming. He may 
have been explaining the appearance of the star as 
fulfillment of two Old Testament scriptures (of 
which the Magi may have had knowledge) : 

. . . There shall come a Star out of Jacob, and 
a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel. (Numbers 24:17.) 
(Continued on following page.) 

J See Giuseppe Ricciotti, The Life of Christ; page 252, footnote. 
5 See James Hastings, Dictionary of the Bible; page 607. 



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And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and 
kings to the brightness of thy rising. (Isaiah 60:3.) 

Both of these passages are cross-referenced in 
the King James Bible from Matthew 2:2, indicating 
that Christian scholars see some genuine likelihood 
that these ancient prophecies concerning a "star" 
and "light" were fulfilled not only in Jesus' birth 
but also in the heavenly manifestation or sign ac- 
companying that birth. 

Frankincense and Myrrh 

The wise men's gifts of frankincense and myrrh, 
together with the gold, are clearly gifts of consider- 
able value brought to the child Jesus to accord Him 
honor and respect. Frankincense is a sweet-smelling, 
milky gum from various species of Boswellia, the 
frankincense tree, and is imported from South 
Arabia. (See Isaiah 60:6; Jeremiah 6:20.) In scrip- 
ture it is associated with spices. (Exodus 30:4); 
with oil (Leviticus 2:1; / Chronicles 9:29); with 
food (Leviticus 2:15; 6:15; Nehemiah 13:5, 9); with 
perfume (Song of Solomon 3:6). In these contexts 
it appears to have been an agent to enhance the 
value of something else. Frankincense was valued 
also by ancient peoples for embalming purposes and 
as an important incense resin. Myrrh, likewise an 
aromatic gum, is derived from a species of balsam 
growing in India and Arabia and is still used in 
medicines. With frankincense, it was used in em- 
balming (John 19:39) and as an ingredient of in- 
cense and perfumes. 6 

Swaddling Clothes 

The people of Bible lands for years have cared 
for infant children as was done in New Testament 
times. Rather than permitting the infant free use 
of its limbs, the mother wraps it in a swaddling 
band, making it a helpless bundle like a mummy. 
At birth the child is washed and rubbed with salt, 
and with its arms at its sides is wound tightly with 
linen or cotton bandages four or five inches wide 
and about five yards long. This band is even placed 
under the chin and over the forehead of the child. 7 

Manger 

Students of languages have some difficulty de- 
termining the precise translation or interpretation 
of the word of the original language in this passage 
regarding Jesus being laid in a manger. If the word 
in Luke 2:7 is translated "guest chamber," then 
Joseph and Mary may have moved into the side of 



e See James Hastings, Dictionary of the Bible; pages 307, 682. 
7 See Fred H. Wight, Manners and Customs of Bible Lands; Moody 
Press, Chicago, Illinois, 1953; page 53. 



the house occupied by the cattle, from which the 
living room is distinguished by a raised floor. One 
modern writer on this subject has seen a child 
laid in such a manger. Yet perhaps it was even in 
the crowded animal quarters themselves that Jesus 
was given His first bed. Other earlier views have 
Jesus' birth in a cave. Even today caves under 
houses in Palestine are used as stables, with a "man- 
ger" cut in the side as a very usable crib for a baby. 8 

Herod's Temple 

Luke writes that eight days after the birth of 
Jesus He was circumcised; and then later, after the 
"days of . . . [Mary's] purification according to the 
law of Moses were accomplished," He was taken by 
His parents those five miles from Bethlehem to 
Jerusalem to be presented at the temple. 

Actually, there are three temples mentioned in 
the Bible, all of which were located on the same site. 
The one referred to at the time of Jesus was built 
by Herod the Great and was the last of the three to 
be built. The first was built by Solomon and de- 
stroyed by Nebuchadrezzar when he captured Jeru- 
salem in 586 B.C. The second, called the Temple of 
Zerubbabel, was built by the Jews after the Baby- 
lonian exile. It was dedicated in 516 B.C. After 
obtaining permission of his suspicious subjects, 
Herod demolished this second temple and built his 
own with 1,000 specially trained priests, which work 
was begun in the eighteenth year of his reign as 
king. It was referred to as the second temple be- 
cause the rabbis regarded it as one with the temple 
built by the returned exiles. This last temple was 
left in ruins in 70 A.D. by the Roman soldiers, after 
they invaded and destroyed Jerusalem. 9 

Circumcision 

Circumcision was the ancient and distinguishing 
mark of membership among the chosen people of 
God. It was performed to indicate the right of the 
person to share in the benefits of the covenant Abra- 
ham made with God. (See Genesis 17.) Tradition- 
ally, as in the case of Jesus, the child was circum- 
cised on the eighth day after birth. Any Jew could 
perform this operation, but preferably it was done 
by the child's father and usually at home. At this 
occasion the child was given his name. 10 

Purification 

According to Hebrew law, after childbirth a wom- 
an was to be considered unclean and must keep to 

(Concluded on page 312.) 

8 See James Hastings, Dictionary of the Bible; page 617. 
"See Giuseppe Ricciotti, The Life of Christ; page 44. 
10 See Giuseppe Riccotti, The Life of Christ; pages 63, 64. 



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Thirty-second in a Series To Support the Family Home Evening Program 




Photo by H. Armstrong Roberts. 



"Sunshine 

Came Along 

with Thee" 



by Reed H. Bradford 

Many mornings during the.year, as I leave home, 
I turn and look toward the east. I see the sun's rays 
come from behind one mountain and shine upon 
another. I watch in silent contemplation as the 
whole world fills with light. On winter mornings 
these bright rays warm not only my body but my 
soul as well, for sunshine is a symbol of life and 
growth. 

It is human for us to concentrate on our prob- 
lems, our sufferings, and the injustices done to us. 
As parents, too, we often find ourselves telling our 
children about their mistakes rather than compli- 
menting them for their desirable behavior. Certain- 
ly there are occasions for chastening. "For whom the 
Lord loveth he chasteneth. . . ." (Hebrews 12:6.) 
But for the soul which has a delicate goodness in it, 
the most powerful motivating factor in human re- 
lationships is not reprimand, but the knowledge that 
another person has a genuine concern for the indi- 



(For Course 7, lesson of October 22, "Being A Good Family Mem- 
ber"; for Course 9, lesson of October 22, "The Gospel — A Plan for 
Right Living"; for Course 19, lesson of August 20, "Practical Religion 
— Spirituality"; for Course 25, lessons of September 17 and October 15, 
"Walk in the Light" and "Create in Me A Right Spirit"; for Course 
27, lessons of September 17 and October 29, "The Nature of Our 
Godhead" and "Mortal Probation"; for Course 29, lessons of August 
27 and October 8, "Marriage and Family Relationships" and "The 
Godhead"; to support family home evening lessons 3 and 6; and of 
general interest.) 

1 The title of this article was taken from the song, "Aura Lee," by 
W. W. Fosdick. 



vidual as a human being and as a child of a divine 
parent. When we know that others use their time, 
their energy, their wisdom, and their knowledge to 
help us achieve our divine destiny, there comes a 
spontaneous feeling of appreciation and a desire to 
reciprocate their concern. Even a young child can feel 
this way. I shall never forget an occasion when my 
son Randy was only 11 months old. I had been kind 
to him, and he threw his arms around my neck and 
kissed me. Oh, the joy of that kiss! He could not yet 
voice a single, complete sentence; but he communi- 
cated much to my soul. He inspired me to want to 
help him even more. 

Is it not desirable for us, as family members, to 
focus our attention on the positive influences that 
others have in our lives? 

The term, "Sunshine came along with Thee," is 
used here to express the joy that comes into one's 
life with his development of faith in God and an 
understanding of Gospel principles. 

THE JOY OF SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING 

Sunshine came along with Thee — My Heavenly 
Father and my faith in His love for me. For Thy 
divine, eternal concern for me, as one of Thy sons, 
I shall always be grateful. Now that Shirley and I 
have become parents of six children (who are also 
Thy children) , I can better appreciate what it meant 
for Thee to permit the Savior, Thy Firstborn Son, 
to suffer as He did. I can understand something 
of Thy love for us. I can sense Thy sorrow when I 
make a mistake, because Thou canst perceive that 
I have thus limited the potential of my life. Such 
love inspires me to want to do better. 

Sunshine came along with Thee — The Savior and 
my understanding of His glorious mission. I once 
read a book in which the author maintained that 
each of us is "terribly alone" in the world. Imme- 
diately I thought of the Savior's words: 

/ will not leave you comfortless: I will come to 
you. . . . He that hath my commandments, and keep- 
eth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth 
me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, 
and will manifest myself to him. (John 14:18, 21.) 

Consider only three of the Savior's great gifts of 
love to every human being: His atonement and res- 
urrection, His teachings, and His Church in which is 
incorporated His power — the power of the priest- 
hood. As I read the "terribly-alone" philosophy, I 
thought of the ways in which the Savior has extend- 
ed His influence in my life. He has given me "line 
upon line, precept upon precept." (Doctrine and 
Covenants 98:12.) The meaning of His principles 
has become daily more clear as a result of inspira- 

(Concluded on following page.) 



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tion. I thought of the many times when our family 
has faced critical problems which, despite all the 
knowledge and wisdom that we could muster, seemed 
unsolvable. Yet He did open the "windows of heav- 
en" and pour out blessings upon us. I have come 
to feel like Alma: 

And I have been supported under trials and 
troubles of every kind, yea, and all manner of af- 
flictions . . . and I do put my trust in him, and he 
will still deliver me. (Alma 36:27.) 

What the Savior said is true: 

. . . I am the light of the world: he that followeth 
me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the 
light of life. (John 8:12.) 

Sunshine came along with Thee — The Holy 
Ghost and its companionship in my life. Those who 
are properly baptized and live the Lord's teachings 
are promised the gift of the Holy Ghost. Through 
this gift we can come to an understanding of the 
divine destiny and meaning of our lives. We may 
acquire a testimony that the Savior is indeed "the 
way, the truth, and the life." (John 14:6.) A sen- 
sitive, divine spirit comes to characterize our lives. 

THE JOY OF A FAMILY 

Sunshine came along with thee — Shirley, my wife. 

Before we were married, Shirley wrote me these 
lines: "Love, take my hand and lift me to that ec- 
stacy I feel when I am close beside you." She has 
been close beside me spiritually, intellectually, emo- 
tionally, and socially all through the years. Our re- 
lationship has caused me to carry out responsibilities 
and opportunities in all of my positions with greater 
enthusiasm and sensitivity. Her companionship has 
made "smiling easy, aloneness unlonely, and silence 



peaceful." 2 It motivates, supports, and encourages 
me. 

Each morning when I leave the house, she is 
there to say, "Have a good day, and remember that 
I love you." I do remember. 

Sunshine came along with thee — our children. 

In one way I suppose I am more fortunate than 
some other individuals. I went for a number of 
years feeling that I never would be a father in this 
life. Those years taught me that parenthood is a 
privilege. Then one day I did become a father. I 
still remember the words of a friend of mine who 
called me at the hospital just a few moments after 
the birth of our first child. "Reed," he said, "this 
is one of the most blessed moments in all eternity." 

"Yes," I said, "I know." 

Our family has decided that every day will be a 
great day in our home. We will try to gain joy from 
our association with one another — from listening to 
beautiful music, looking at a sunset, driving up the 
canyon and sitting in reverent silence as we view 
the symphony of colors, helping one another try to 
solve our problems, holding a family home evening 
together, singing and playing the songs we all love, 
praying to our Heavenly Father. 

Sunshine comes to us from the lives of many 
individuals — our parents and children, brothers and 
sisters, our neighbors, members of many organiza- 
tions, and men, women, and children everywhere. 
As we have consciously looked for that sunshine, 
enrichment has come into our lives. And our prob- 
lems have seemed less intense. As the Chinese 
proverb says: 

When you face the sunshine, the shadows fall 
behind. 



2 A line written by Mary Urban. 
Library File Reference: GOSPEL LIVING. 



". . . THE THINGS OF THE JEWS" (Concluded from page 310.) 

herself for 40 days in the event of a male child and 
80 days if a female child. Thereafter she was to 
present herself at the temple for purification and 
to make an offering which, for someone who was, 
apparently, as poor as Mary, was set at a pair of 
doves or pigeons. If the child was the mother's first 
and a boy, then, according to the law, he belonged 
to God like the firstlings of the flocks and firstfruits 
of the field. Consequently, his parents were to buy 
him back by paying five shekels to the temple. It 
was not necessary to bring the infant to the temple 
to present him to God, but young mothers usually 
did that to seek a blessing on the child. 11 

^See Giuseppe Ricciotti, The Life of Christ; page 246. 



As we seek for such additional background in- 
formation regarding the scriptures from sources out- 
side of holy writ, we expand our understanding of 
that work and thereby more profoundly appreciate 
its truths. Such is an important work of discovery. 
As the late Dr. John A. Widtsoe wrote: 

The careful examination of the Bible in the light 
of our best knowledge of history, language and liter- 
ary form, has brought to light many facts not sensed 
by the ordinary reader of the Scriptures. 12 

12 John A. Widtsoe, In Search of Truth; Deseret Book Company, 
Salt Lake City, Utah, 1963; page 81. 

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Teacher Development Lesson for October 

THE "GOLDEN RULE" 
IN TEACHING 

by Peter J. Dyson* 

The Golden Rule is broken as much in teaching without instructions. He was prepared, somewhat, 

as it is in any other profession. What is the "golden for his new experiences. 

rule" in teaching? Simply stated, it is: Teach as you If we study beforehand, speak with conviction, 

would be taught. This means that, regardless of the a nd know our class members, then we are ready to 

age of class members, as teachers we should try to see get the attention of our class. What about keeping 

ourselves as individuals at that age level and ask that attention"? 

ourselves, "How would this presentation contribute How should we begin a c i ass discussion to get 

to my testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ?" A the attention of class members focused on an idea? 

few guidelines are presented in the following discus- Up(m what idea do we want them to focus? There 

s i° n - are several possible ways to start a lesson. Here 

About three years ago in Raleigh, North Carolina, are a f ew: 
my wife and I went to hear a Russian symphony. We 

arrived just as the Hghts were dimmed and so missed £ ™o £»«««£ ^1^.."***! 

the first number. While waiting, we wandered down Thig week are are going to study 

a hall and came upon a man playing a violm. We 3 i et > s i ma gine that we are 

slipped into the room and listened. Suddenly he How would you ? 

glanced at his watch, put on his coat and tie, and The mogt common> the most cruel> and perhaps 

hastened from the room. We followed, and to our ^ ^ q£ these> . g ^ firgt Thig ig uke Qpen . 

surprise he entered the concert hall as guest soloist. & Pandora's box for the talkative person, and it 
He had learned one of the secrets of getting atten- leaves ^ on who wag abgent kgt week ^^ 
tion that also applies in teaching: We should not thi itive to think about . The dass mem- 
go on cold. The need for a warm-up is one reason for ber who . g an « attenti on-getter'' soon leams that 
prayer meeting. all he hag to do ig g i ance at his lesson manual dur- 
In the second chapter of Acts we read that on ing the wors hi p service and he can have the first 
the day of Pentecost the people were amazed at the five or ten m i nu tes of the lesson period. Other class 
discourses they heard. What was it that made the mem bers are inclined to sit back and "let George 
disciples so different from the fishermen who had do -^ » 

followed Jesus prior to His crucifixion? These men We shouM M( give fhe fhor fQ fhe students before 

spoke with authority. This is the second secret of ^ ^ ggf ^ e gtage and w m dass firmly fa QUr 

getting attention: We should speak with conviction. "Think" questions are far better at the be- 

This is one reason for the gift of the Holy Ghost- q{ & dagg than « recaU „ questiong- To pregent 

to help us gain testimonies that we might speak or & « think „ questionj it ig desirab i e to set the stage 

teach with conviction. and giye each dflflS member a character role in it. 

When Christ was speaking to the woman at the The more vivid i y tne stage j s set) the more vividly 

well in Samaria, He caught her by surprise when He the dags member will see himself identified with the 

spoke not only of her present male companion but ques tion or problem we present. As a member sees 

also of her previous husbands. He did not censure himself as part of the scene, his interest is quickened. 

her, even though He knew her weaknesses. This is _ ' ... ... ,.,. 

, ' . , „ ,. L . „ T . . . ^ . If we want to relate last week's lesson with (1) 

the third secret of getting attention: We should take ^ week , g Uyin (2) tWg week , g leggori) and (3) 

time to learn something about the individuals in ,„*■,,, 01 ^ 

(Concluded on page 316.) 
our classes. 

_ x .. . . , .•■ • £ i.j.« *Peter J. Dyson was serving as Sunday School superintendent of 

Here We have mentioned three Secrets OI getting the Athens Ward, Atlanta (Georgia) Stake when he wrote this article. 

.... , , , , j. n j. r xu He was born in Weston, Ontario, Canada, and served in the Western 

attention, Secrets that are not really SeCretS, IOr they Canadian Mission (1948-50). Brother Dyson has served in a bishopric 

. . , . , ,, , j. , . and on a high council. He and his wife (Joan Gwyneth Ploye) have 

have been practiced Since the beginning OI time. degrees from the University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada) and have 

—, AJ , , , » ,v_ f* ' _ J j:ttij done graduate work at Brigham Young University and the state 

Even Adam Was not Sent OUt OI the Garden OI Jiden universities of Montana and North Carolina. They have three sons. 



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Manifestations 
of the Spirit 

The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion. 

—DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS 121:46. 

by Donna D. Sorensen* 

When we have been baptized into the Church of 
Jesus Christ and been confirmed and given the 
Holy Ghost, the door is opened for the soul's de- 
velopment and for the growth of spiritual gifts. The 
great gift of the Holy Ghost has been given to us 
to help us return to the presence of our Heavenly 
Father. If we remain obedient to the teachings of 
the Gospel, we will walk in the influence of the 
Holy Spirit and be guided along life's way. 

Many people have experienced the workings of 
the Spirit and have felt it touch their lives. We need 
to strive to heed its promptings, that we may be 
guided in right paths. The Prophet Joseph Smith 
said: 

When you climb a ladder, you must begin at the 
bottom and ascend step by step until you arrive at 
the top; and so it is with the principles of the Gospel; 
you must begin with the first and go along until you 
have learned all the principles of exaltation. 1 

So it is with the workings of the Spirit. We begin 
to have faith; we pray; and when our prayers are 
answered, our faith increases. Thus we progress in 
testimony and find that we are growing in power to 
receive greater gifts of the Spirit. The following 
stories and scriptures show us how the promptings 
of the Spirit guide and build faith and testimony. 

THE LOST KNIFE 

"A rather remarkable experience befell me when 
a child. I had lost my pocket knife — the first I ever 
owned. Grieving bitterly over the misfortune, I al- 
most questioned Providence for permitting it to 
happen. Yes, I was just that unreasonable, not know- 
ing any better, and being so constituted that it 
nearly tore my heart out to lose anything upon 



Original Painting by Harry Anderson. 



(For Course 9, lessons of September 17 and October 15, "The 
Power of Faith" and "Great Gifts of the Gospel"; for Course 17, 
lesson of September 17, "Structure and Purpose of the Book of 
Mormon"; for Course 25, lessons of September 3 to 24, "Changed and 
Reborn," "Choose Light or Darkness," "Walk in the Light," and 
"It Shows in Your Face"; and of general interest.) 

* Donna D. Sorensen has a long record of Church service. In 
addition to ward and stake positions, she has served on the Relief 
Society general board and been a member of the general presidency 
of Relief Society. She has a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young 
University and has done graduate work at the University of Utah 
and University of Washington. She now serves on the Sunday School 
general board, having first been called to that service in 1960. She 
is married to Wesley A. Sorensen; they have three children. 

iScrapbook. of Mormon Literature, Volume II, compiled and 
published by Ben E. Rich; page 10. 



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which I had set my affections. While sorrowing over 
my loss, I suddenly felt an influence of peace, and 
as I looked up to heaven through my tears, a ray 
of light seemed resting down upon me. All at once 
those splendid lines of Cowper's flashed through 
my mind: 

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, 
But trust Him for His grace; 
Behind a frowning Providence 
He hides a smiling face. 

"Never to my knowledge had I seen or heard that 
verse before. But be that as it may, it had the effect 
of drying my tears and giving me the assurance that 
I should find my lost knife. 

"A few minutes later I walked down the path 
to my mother's gate, and there, half hidden in the 
dust, lay my precious treasure. How eagerly 
I pounced upon it, and how grateful I was for its 
recovery, I need not say. 

"To some this incident may appear trivial. To 
me, it is anything but that. I verily believe that He 
who 'watcheth the sparrow and heareth the young 
ravens when they cry,' had seen and pitied my child- 
ish grief, and had taken this method of inducing me 
to trust in Him." 2 

A DOCTOR'S PRESCRIPTION 

"When I was a child I became ill," says George 
Albert Smith. "The doctor said I had typhoid fever 
and should be in bed for at least three weeks. 

"He told Mother to give me no solid food, but to 
have me drink some coffee. 

"When he went away, I told Mother that I didn't 
want any coffee. I had been taught that the Word of 
Wisdom, given by the Lord to Joseph Smith, advised 
us not to use coffee. 

"Mother had brought three children into the 
world and two had died. She was unusually anxious 
about me. 

"I asked her to send for Brother Hawks, one of 
our ward teachers. He was a worker at the foundry, 
and a poor and humble man of great faith in the 
power of the Lord. 

"He came, administered to me and blessed me 
that I might be healed. 

"When the doctor came next morning I was 
playing outside with other children. He was sur- 
prised. He examined me and discovered that my 
fever had gone and that I seemed to be well. I was 
grateful to the Lord for my recovery. I was sure that 
He had healed me." 3 



2 Orson F. Whitney, Through Memory's Halls; Zion's Printing and 
Publishing Company, Independence, Missouri, 1930; page 71. 

s What It Means To Be A Latter-day Saint, Teacher's Supplement, 
1953, page 25. 



THE SPIRIT OF REVELATION 

The Prophet Alma has given us the pattern by 
which we may know the truth. He had been speaking 
to the people of Zarahemla, and he said: 

. . . Do ye not suppose that I know of these things 
myself? Behold, I testify unto you that I do know 
that these things whereof I have spoken are true. 
And how do ye suppose that I know of their surety? 

Behold, I say unto you they are made known 
unto me by the Holy Spirit of God. Behold, I have 
fasted and prayed many days that I might know 
these things of myself. And now I do know of my- 
self that they are true; for the Lord God hath made 
them manifest unto me by his Holy Spirit; and this 
is the spirit of revelation which is in me. 

And moreover, I say unto you that it has thus 
been revealed unto me, that the words which have 
been spoken by our fathers are true, even so accord- 
ing to the spirit of prophecy which is in me, which is 
also by the manifestation of the Spirit of God. 
(Alma 5:45-47.) 

THE PATHWAY OF GOD AND MAN 

Shortly after the completion of his second mis- 
sion, Lorenzo Snow was visiting at the home of 
Elder H. G. Sherwood when the conversation turned 
to religious matters. "Elder Sherwood was endeavor- 
ing to explain the parable of the Savior when speak- 
ing of the husbandman who hired servants and sent 
them forth at different hours of the day to labor 
in his vineyard," said Elder Snow. While he listened 
closely to the explanation, "... the Spirit of the 
Lord rested mightily upon me — the eyes of my un- 
derstanding were opened, and I saw as clear as the 
sun at noon-day, with wonder and astonishment, the 
pathway of God and man. I formed the following 
couplet which expresses the revelation as it was 
shown to me: 

As man now is, God once was, 
As God now is, man may become. 4 

AN APOSTLE OF THE LORD 

When Heber J. Grant was called to be an apostle 
his mother said to him: "Do you remember Heber 
C. Kimball picking you up when you were a young 
boy and putting you on a table and talking to you at 
a great dinner he was having for a lot of friends?" 
"Yes." "Do you remember anything that he said?" 
"No, I only remember that he had the blackest eyes 
I have ever looked into. I was frightened. That is all 
I can remember." "He prophesied in the name of 
the Lord Jesus Christ that you would become an 

(Concluded on following page.) 



4 Preston Nibley, The Presidents of the Church; Deseret Book 
Company, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1941; pages 178-179. 



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apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ and become a great- 
er man in the church than your own father, and your 
father, as you know, became one of the counselors 
to President Brigham Young. That is why I have 
told you to behave." 5 

A GOOD NAME 

George Albert Smith had a dream concerning 
his grandfather. "I thought I was on the shore of a 
lake and I found I was alone. I saw a trail through 
the woods and concluded that I would follow it; 
soon I saw a man coming towards me. As he neared 
me I discovered that he was my grandfather. As we 
met he said: Td like to know what you have done 
with my name?' 'Grandfather' I answered, 'I have 
never done anything with your name that you need 
to be ashamed of.' I then became conscious, and I 
made up my mind that I would never do anything 
to harm his good name." 6 

A SONG 

When Joseph F. Smith was a missionary in Eng- 
land, one of the members of the branch at Sheffield, 
Brother William Fowler, "who was employed as a 
polisher and grinder in a cutlery works, brought in 
a song he had composed and requested that the choir 
learn to sing it. The first line of this song was, 'We 
Thank Thee, God, for a Prophet.' This beautiful 
song is now perhaps the best known and most fre- 



quently used of any of the hymns sung by the 
Latter-day Saints." 7 

ONE LAST TRIBUTE 

A prominent Latter-day Saint mother in our 
community died very suddenly a short time ago. At 
the funeral services her beautiful teen-age daughter 
played on her violin, unaccompanied, a majestic ren- 
dition of a solo which the mother had loved. Later 
in the services an apostle told how this young girl a 
short time before had dreamed a dream in which she 
performed in this way. She awoke in tears as she 
feared this portended some ill for her father who was 
in the hospital. Her mother, hearing her sobs, came 
into the bedroom; and the two of them knelt by 
the bed and prayed for the father's recovery. A 
short time later the mother died unexpectedly. At 
the close of the funeral services for this good woman, 
her missionary son gave the closing prayer which was 
pronounced unfalteringly and was a sermon in itself. 
These young people who had loved their mother most 
dearly were sustained and comforted by the Holy 
Spirit which enabled each of them to pay thjs one 
last tribute to their mother. 

In 1897 President Wilford Woodruff said: 

. . . Live near to God; pray while young; learn 
to pray; learn to cultivate the Holy Spirit of God; 
link it to you and it will become a spirit of revela- 
tion unto you, inasmuch as you nourish it. 3 



5 Bryant S. Hinckley, The Faith of Our Pioneer Fathers; Deseret 
Book Company, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1956; pages 69-71. 

6 Preston Nibley, The Presidents of the Church, pages 237-238. 



'Preston Nibley, The Presidents of the Church, page 241. 

s Matthias Cowley, Wilford Woodruff; The Deseret News, Salt Lake 
City, Utah, 1909; page 603. 
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THE "GOLDEN RULE" IN TEACHING (Concluded from page 313.) 



next week's living, it is imperative that we plan our 
opening remarks with prayer and much thought. 
Then, just as the guest violinist's bow comes across 
the strings to sound a true tone, so, as teachers, 
our first words ring with authority and conviction. 
Another thought to be kept in mind both in prep- 
aration and presentation of a lesson is the back- 
ground of the students. We should familiarize our- 
selves with the teaching program of the Church so 
that we know what the exposure of members has been 
in previous years. This means, in Senior Sunday 
School, that we know what has been taught in 
Primary, MIA, and priesthood classes so that we 
can capitalize on the student's previous experiences. 
Failing to do this, we can unknowingly bore our 



students. Every time a parable is repeated, there 
should be a new setting with more depth in relation 
to the present age and situation of the class mem- 
bers. 

Finally, as teachers, we must learn to relax and 
enjoy ourselves. Know this! The important thing is 
not the number of ideas we present in a lesson, but 
the manner in which they are presented. Perhaps, 
instead of presented, we should say drawn from the 
class; for the member who contributes the nucleus 
of the idea, to have it molded and take shape in 
his life, goes away satisfied. This two-way satis- 
faction is the reward of applying the "golden rule" 
in teaching. 



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Reverence for Holy Places — seventh of a series 

The Holy City 



by Lorin F. Wheelwright 

"Jerusalem, Jerusalem, lift up your gates and sing!" 1 
These inspiring words flooded my mind as we rounded 
a turn in the road and saw before us a panorama of his- 
tory unfold like a gigantic stage setting. There it was — 
the Holy City — the home of the prophets, heralded 
in scripture, song, and legend. And here we were, 2 pil- 
grims from afar, seeking a spiritual homeland as had 
our predecessors for forty centuries. 

We looked in astonishment at the unobstructed view, 
realizing that we were atop a high hill known throughout 
the world as the Mount of Olives. Behind us to the east 
was an elegant, modern hotel. Before us was the splendor 
of Jerusalem. We felt transported, as it were, from the 
present to the past, as our eyes swept the scene from 
such a vantage point. 

It was noon. In the sky heavy clouds were breaking 
up, letting shafts of sunlight illumine sections of the city 
in a fascinating sequence. This natural drama reminded 
me of Forest Lawn Memorial Park where I once saw the 
huge canvas of Jan Styka portraying the Crucifixion. 3 
Bright lights were used there to direct the viewer's atten- 
tion to various points of interest. Here in Palestine the 
sun broke through like a spotlight, pulling our eyes from 
one section of the city to another. It was a startling 
parallel. 

As a brilliant ray struck a gilded dome, I asked our 
Arab guide what the building was. He said, "Brother 
Wheelwright — and you are my brother — that is the 
Dome of the Rock. It unites three great religious peoples. 
Beneath its sacred shelter is the rock upon which Abra- 
ham offered Isaac to the Lord. It is sacred to Islam, 
Judaism, and Christianity. It tells us that we are all 
brothers with a common faith in one God." I was im- 
pressed by his simple declaration. I began to understand 
why our Latter-day Saints addressed this kindly man as 
"Brother" Fareed. 

He next identified a walled entrance just in front of 
the dome. He said, "That is the Golden Gate. It is not 
used any more, but it is located where Jesus entered 
Jerusalem in triumph — an event you Christians cele- 
brate as Palm Sunday." 

He then pointed to the spires on the far horizon. 
"That is the west wall of the city, where the gates of 
Jaffa stand. They are unused today because that part of 
the city is in the hands of the invaders — the Jews. We 
are at war with them, but for the moment there is a 
truce. No-man's-land is just beyond those spires." I 



1 From "The Holy City"; words by F. E. Weatherly, music by Stephen Adams. 

2 In December, 1965. 

3 See The Instructor centerspread, April, 1956. 



caught a note of bitterness in his voice. Then I realized 
that the suspicion, anger, and hostility which have 
plagued this land for centuries are still turning brother 
against brother. 

Now, a year and a half after our visit to the Holy 
Land, recent headlines tell us of war along the very 
boundaries we saw that day. Reports state that the 
Israelites have taken the "old city" which we saw, and 
have pushed east all the way to the Jordan river, about 
fifteen miles beyond Jerusalem. The Jews say they will 
never again submit to a divided city. 

Military conquest is not new to Jerusalem. Our inter- 
est goes back to the time of David, when Jerusalem was 
captured from the Jebusites. It was then only 1,250 feet 
long and 400 feet wide. Its boundaries and walls have 
been expanded under Solomon, Nehemiah, the Herods, 
the Romans, the Arabs, the Crusaders, the English, and 
the present occupants. It has been destroyed and rebuilt 
until original cites, walls, and landmarks are confused 
or forgotten. Many of the masonry walls which stand 
today were built by Suleiman the Magnificent, about 
1541 A.D. It is believed that the Crusaders stormed 
walls in approximately the same location. 

When we later visited the Dome of the Rock we 
learned that it was erected on the site of Solomon's 
temple and that the west wall was the only part of the 
city that had kept its identity after the seige of Titus 
in the year 70 A.D. This section of wall now rises about 
75 feet above present ground level. Orthodox Jews 
come to it as pilgrims to a shrine. Here they express 
sorrow for the lost glories of the past. It is called the 
wailing walL 

Excavations reveal that ground level at the time of 
Jesus was considerably below present levels. To reach 
the pool of Bethesda we descended several tiers of steps 
to an underground chamber. 

It is not so much what one sees with his eyes as what 
one senses in his imagination that startles him. Here is 
the home of David, Solomon, Isaiah, and Micah. Here 
Jeremiah, Habakkuk, Ezekiel, Haggai, and Zechariah call- 
ed the people of Judah to repent. It was here that Jesus 
drove the money changers from the temple, healed the 
sick, taught the Gospel to His disciples, and finally gave 
His life on the cross. One still hears echoes of those 
strange tongues in the streets of the city. One sees the 
rivalry of religious sects, each claiming particular identity 
with the Savior and each trying to outdo the others 
in elaborateness of shrines, churches, monuments, and 
other signs of commemoration. 

To Latter-day Saints, this rivalry is "as sounding brass 
and tinkling cymbals." Our faith is built on the rock — 
well symbolized in Jerusalem — of revelation. As we saw 
the formalism and heard the incantations, my mind 
went back to the cry of Jesus who said: 

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O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the proph- 
ets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how 
often would I have gathered thy children together, even 
as a hen gather eth her chickens under her wings, and 
ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you 
desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me hence* 
forth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the 
name of the Lord. (Matthew 23:37-39.) 

It was here that Jesus told his disciples, 

. . . Verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here 
one stone upon another, that shall not he thrown down. 
(Matthew 24:2.) 

The tribulations of Jerusalem seemed to cry from 
every scarred stone. An eye-witness account of the seige 
by Titus is recorded in the secular history of Josephus. 
He tells how the temple was set afire by the Jews when 
they were attacked by the Romans. 

Josephus describes the extremities of famine that be- 
fell the Jews during this seige. The seditions and decep- 
tions of Jew against Jew were literal fulfillment of 
Christ's prophecy. He said: 

And then shall many be offended, and shall betray 
one another, and shall hate one another. . . . And there 
shall be famines, and pestilences. . . . (Matthew 24:10, 7.) 

. . . Woe unto them that are with child, and to them 
that give suck in those days! (Matthew 24:19.) 

Josephus describes the terror of a mother who fled to 
the city and brought what food she had with her. Then 
"rapacious guards" came every day into her house steal- 
ing what she had until "famine pierced through her very 
bowels and marrow . . . and snatching up her son, who 
was a child sucking at her breast, she said, 'O thou 
miserable infant! for whom shall I preserve thee in this 
war, this famine, and this sedition? As to the war with 
the Romans, if they preserve our lives, we must be slaves. 
This famine also will destroy us, even before that slavery 
comes upon us. Yet are these seditious rogues more ter- 
rible than both the other. Come on; be thou my food, 
and be thou a fury to these seditious varlets and a by- 
word to the world, which is all that is now wanting to 
complete the calamities of us Jews.' As soon as she had 
said this, she slew her son, and then roasted him, and 
eat the one half of him, and kept the other half by her 
concealed . . . Upon which the whole city was full of 
this horrid action . . . they trembled, as if this unheard- 
of action had been done by themselves." 4 

After contemplating the tragedy of Jerusalem, I re- 
called the hope expressed by Ether in the Book of Mor- 
mon concerning the rebuilding of this city. He said: 

. . . After it should be destroyed it should be built up 
again, a holy city unto the Lord; wherefore, it could not 
be a new Jerusalem for it had been in a time of old; but 
it should be built up again, and become a holy city of 
the Lord; and it should be built unto the house of Israel. 
(Ether 13:5.) 



Joseph Smith clarified this prophecy by saying, "Now 
there are two cities spoken of here . . . there is a New 
Jerusalem to be established on this continent, and also 
Jerusalem shall be rebuilt on the eastern continent." 5 

As we stood on the Mount of Olives my heart thrill- 
ed to the testimony of Orson Hyde who had come to the 
same spot on October 24, 1841, to dedicate the land for 
the "gathering together of Judah's scattered remnants, 
according to the predictions of the holy Prophets — for 
the building up of Jerusalem again after it has been trod- 
den down by the Gentiles so long, and for rearing a 
Temple in honor of Thy name." 6 

This remarkable prayer, uttered more than 120 years 
ago, now reads like a recital of contemporary events: 

. . . Let the land become abundantly fruitful when 
possessed by its rightful heirs; let it again flow with plenty 
to feed the returning prodigals who come home with a 
spirit of grace and supplication; upon it let the clouds 
distil virtue and richness, and let the fields smile with 
plenty. . . . Let the large ships of the nations bring them 
from the distant isles, and let kings become their nursing 
fathers, and queens with motherly fondness wipe the 
tear of sorrow from their eye. 7 

As we trod the stony alleys of old Jerusalem we 
thought of the Zionist's movement, the rebuilding, the re- 
seeding of the forests, the discovery of water tables below 
the dry desert, and the spirit of cooperation which brings 
Jews from all parts of the world to Palestine. As we 
viewed the refugee camps of displaced Arabs we thought 
of the hatred that must be laid to rest and the justice 
and forgiveness that must accompany the Jews as they 
return to their homeland, so that no others should suffer 
at their hands as they have at the hands of their oppres- 
sors. That old song, often sung by President Heber J. 
Grant, echoed in my soul as we left Old Jerusalem: 

And once again the scene was chang'd 

New earth there seem'd to be! 

I saw the Holy City beside the tideless sea; 

The light of God was on its street, 

The gates were open wide, 

And all who would might enter, 

And no one was denied. 

No need of moon or stars by night, 
Nor sun to shine by day; 
It was the new Jerusalem, 
That would not pass away. 

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, 
Sing for the night is o'er, 
Hosanna in the highest, 
Hosanna for evermore! 



4 The Works of Flavius losephus, page 819. 



5 Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith; 
Deseret Book Company, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1938; page 86. 

6 Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Volume IV, 1905; page 456. 

7 Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Volume IV, 1905; page 457. 

(For Course 15, lessons of September 10 to 24, "A Wondrous Land," 
"Palestine," and "Life in Palestine"; for Course 17, lessons of September 10 
and 17, "From Whom They Descended" and "Patterns of Personality"; 
and of general interest.) 

Library File Reference: PALESTINE — CITIES. 




NT 169 



JESUS SHOWED 
US WHAT TO DO 



A Flannelboard Story by Marie F. Felt 



When Jesus lived on the earth, there were many 
people who loved Him dearly, but there were some 
who did not. 

One day a lawyer who was with a group of people 
called Pharisees asked Jesus a question. The lawyer 
felt sure Jesus could not answer correctly. He asked, 
"Master, which is the great commandment in the 
law?" (Matthew 22:36.) 

Now, Jesus is the Son of our Heavenly Father 
and He knew the right thing to say. He said: 

. . . Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all 
thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy 
mind. This is the first and great commandment. 
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy 
neighbour as thyself. (Matthew 22:37-39.) 

Not only did Jesus teach the people the things 
that our Heavenly Father wanted them to know and 
to do, but He also did those things Himself. People 
then learned by seeing what He did as well as by 
hearing what He said. [End of Scene I.] 

From the Bible we learn that we should honor 
our fathers and mothers. The New Testament shows 
us that Jesus honored His parents by obeying them. 
When He was 12 years old, He went with them from 
Nazareth to the temple at Jerusalem. When the 
company started home again, Jesus was missing, 
and Joseph and Mary went to look for Him. It was 
in the temple that they found Him. He had been 
talking with the wise men there, "both hearing them, 
and asking them questions. And all that heard him 
were astonished at his understanding and answers." 
(Luke 2; 46-47.) 

As. Mary approached Him, she said, "Son, why 
hast thou thu^s dealt with us? behold, thy father 
and I have sought thee sorrowing." (Luke 2:48.) 

Jesus was surprised that they had come to get 
Him. He thought they knew that He wanted to be 
doing the work of His Heavenly Father. 

But Mary and Joseph seemed not to understand 
and so Jesus obeyed them and went home with 
them to Nazareth "and was subject unto them." 
(Luke 2:51.) [End of Scene II.] 

We all know that our Heavenly Father wants us 



(For Course 1, lessons of August 1'3 and 20, "Neighbors Should 
Be Kind To Each Other" and "We Are Learning To Be Kind Every- 
where"; for Course la, lesson of August 13, "We Share with Others"; 
for Course 3, lesson of August 27, "I Would Follow in His Footsteps"; 
for Course 5, lesson of October 1, "Jesus Is Our Leader.") 



to be baptized by immersion. Here again, Jesus not 
only told us what was right, but He set the example. 

One day as John the Baptist was baptizing in 
the River Jordan, Jesus came and asked John to 
baptize Him. Jesus was put down under the water 
and came up out of the water, just as we are when 
we are baptized. John thought that Jesus would 
not need to be baptized because He had never done 
anything wrong, but Jesus knew that every person 
must be baptized. Our Heavenly Father has said 
this is the right thing to do. [End of Scene III.'] 

At another time, when Jesus had been preach- 
ing, some mothers came to Him with their children. 
They loved and admired Jesus and wanted Him to 
bless their little children. The disciples knew that 
Jesus was tired, and they tried to send the mothers 
away. But Jesus was always kind. He would not 
disappoint the people who loved Him. Speaking 
gently, He said to His disciples, 

Suffer [allow] little children, and forbid them 
not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom 
of heaven. (Matthew 19:14.) 

And he took them up in his arms, put his hands 
upon them, and blessed them. (Mark 10:16.) 

I am sure that the mothers and children were 
pleased that He was so kind, aren't you? [End of 
Scene IV.] 

The second great commandment is: ". . . Thou 
shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." (Matthew 
22:39.) 

The lawyer who asked Jesus the question about 
the great commandment really did not want to 
know. He just wanted to tempt Jesus and get Him 
to say something that they could prove was not 
right. But Jesus was too wise for them. He knew 
both the Jewish laws and the laws of God, our 
Heavenly Father. Rather than debate with them, 
He told them this story: 

... A certain man went down from Jerusalem to 
Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him 
of his raiment [clothing], and wounded him, and 
departed, leaving him half dead. (Luke 10:30.) 

Jesus told them of a priest coming that way. He 
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saw the man lying there wounded, but instead of 
helping him, he just passed by, leaving him there 
to die. 

A Levite, a man who especially devotes himself 
to the work of our Heavenly Father, came along 
next. All he did was to look at the poor, wounded 
man; but he did not help him, either. He just went 
on his way without doing one thing. Can you im- 
agine anyone doing this? 

Then along came a Samaritan, a man who be- 
longed to a people that the Jews did not like. He 
was more kind and thoughtful than the other two 
men. He stopped to see what had happened. 

When he saw how much the man had been hurt, 
he took care of the man's wounds. Then he put him 
on his animal and took him to an inn (a hotel). 
There he arranged with the innkeeper to take care 
of the wounded man until he was well again. The 
Samaritan left some money and told the innkeeper 
that if it cost more, he would pay when he came 
again. [End of Scene V.] 

Jesus then asked the lawyer which of the three 
men was the best neighbor? Would you be able to 
tell? It was the Samaritan, of course. A real friend 
and neighbor will help at all times when help is 
needed. 

Jesus loved the Samaritans as He loved all peo- 
ple. One day He even talked with a Samaritan wom- 
an at a well, although most Jews would not. He 
was a real friend and neighbor to all people, just as 
our Heavenly Father wants us to be. 
[End of Scene VI.] 



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How To Present the Flannelboard Story 

Characters and Props Needed for This Presentation Are: 

Jesus in standing position. (NT163.) To be used in Scenes 

I, III, and VI. 
A lawyer talking with Jesus. (NT164.) To be used in Scene 

I. 
Mary. (NT165.) To be used in Scene II. 
Jesus as a boy of twelve in the temple. (NT166.) To be 

used in Scene II. 
John the Baptist in the water. (NT167.) To be used in 

Scene III. 
Jesus and the little children. (NT168.) To be used in 

Scene IV. 
A wounded man and a Samaritan. (NT169.) To be used 

in Scene V. 
A Samaritan woman. (NT170.) To be used in Scene VI. 
A well. Make simple drawing and color. To be used in 

Scene VI. 
To enrich and supplement this story, the teacher may use 

the flannelboard stories, "Jesus and the Children," 

July, 1960; "The Good Samaritan," April, 1963; also 

the centerspread, "Jesus Blessing Little Children," 

July, 1960, in The Instructor. 

Order of Episodes: 

Scene I: 

Scenery: An outdoor scene. 
Action: Jesus is seen talking with a lawyer. 
Scene II: 

Scenery: An inside scene. 

Action: Jesus, age 12, is seen talking with His mother 
Mary. 
Scene III: 

Scenery: An outdoor scene by a river. 
Action: Jesus is seen standing on the river bank talk- 
ing to John the Baptist who is in the water. Jesus 
is asking to be baptized. 
Scene IV: 

Scenery: An outdoor scene. 
Action: Children are seen looking up at Jesus. 
Scene V: 

Scenery: An outdoor scene on a rocky, lonely road. 
Action: A Samaritan is seen bending over a wounded 
man. 
Scene VI: 

Scenery: An outdoor scene showing a well. 
Action: Jesus is seen talking with a Samaritan woman 
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O Love That Glorifies Thy Son 



When invited by The Instructor 
committee to compose a hymn that 
would "renew a right spirit within 
me" (Psalm 51:10) — and thus en- 
rich a family activity — I thought 
of Christ's great statement of the 
law of love: first is love of God, 
and second is love of man. "On 
these two commandments hang all 
the law and the prophets." (Mat- 
thew 22:40.) I also thought of 
Paul's epistle, in which he told us 
that love "rejoiceth in the truth; 
beareth all things, believeth all 
things, hopeth all things, endureth 
all things." (/ Corinthians 13:6, 
7.) It is Paul's sense of priority, 
interpreting the teachings of Jesus, 
which prompts me to emphasize 
love as the greatest hunger and 
deepest need of the human soul. 
In another context I have stated 
it this way: 

When in conflict with personal 

gain, love comes first. 
When in conflict with our cultural 

pursuits, love comes first. 
When in conflict with our sense of 

scholarship and accuracy, love 

comes first. 
Even when in conflict with our 

understanding of prophecy and 

faith, love comes first. 
It is this priority that Christ per- 
sonified. 
It is this fundamental thinking 

that we must share if we would 

be Christlike ourselves. 
It is the most exacting of all the 

disciplines leading to perfection. 
Yet love brings the greatest joy, 

because 
It completely identifies us with the 

Savior, 
And with God, 
And fills our hearts with Their 

Holiness and Their Glory. 

To invite this refining influence 
into our lives is the purpose of the 
hymn. 

— Lorin F. Wheelwright. 

(For Course 25, lesson of October 15, 
"Create in Me a Right Spirit"; to support 
family home evening lessons 3 and 6; and 
of general interest.) 

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Superintendents 



Helping parents become effective teachers of family 
home evening lessons will be the objective of . . . 




THE NEW CLASS IN SUNDAY SCHOOL 



While attending a stake confer- 
ence I had occasion to review with 
a ward bishop a monthly report of 
a Sunday School. The report in- 
dicated that of 101 child and 
youth members, 78 were in regular 
attendance. An average of 77.2 
percent is good. The 23 who were 
absent had not been in attendance 
for some time. 

The bishop agreed that the fig- 
ures indicated fine pupil-teacher 
relationships. The project remain- 
ing was to secure, through the co- 
operation of the home teachers, 
the activation of 23 boys and girls. 
The bishop was interested in pur- 
suing this project. 

The same report showed 553 
adults enrolled, with 81 in aver- 
age attendance, or 14.6 percent. 
There were 454 who had not been 
to Sunday School for more than a 
month. In other words, substan- 
tially 85% of the adults of the 
ward were not in average atten- 
dance at Sunday School. 

There were more adults and 
fewer children in this ward than 
in the average ward. Over the 
Church at large approximately 
55% of children and youth were 
in average attendance at Sunday 
School, and approximately 25% of 
adults were attending Courses 24, 
26, and 28, in 1966. 

These statistics seem clearly to 
indicate a potential area for in- 



creased attendance and activity in 
Sunday School. What are the 
remedies? 

Beginning September 3, 1967, a 
new class is offered in the adult 
area. The Family Relations Course, 
No. 25, will study the Family 
Home Evening Manual 1967-68, 
prepared and endorsed by the Cor- 
relation Executive Committee of 
the Church. A teacher's supple- 
ment has been written to guide the 
teacher of the class. 

Principal objective of the class 
is to help parents become effective 
in the teaching of their family 
home evening lessons. 

A skillful teacher will do two 
things for parents who attend this 
class: first he will review the lesson 
content with the parents so that 
it is clearly understood; second, he 
will demonstrate a challenging 
method in which the lesson may be 
presented to reach family members 
of all ages. 

It is anticipated that this could 
be the largest adult class in the 
Sunday School. The teacher should 
be chosen well in advance. This 
teacher must be eminently quali- 
fied in the skill of applying Gospel 
lessons in our lives. It is suggested 
that every adult member of the 
ward be informed of this class, as 
well as the other adult classes 
which will begin in September. 
— Superintendent 
Lynn S. Richards. 



COMING EVENTS 



September 3, 1967 
Pupil Advancement 
New Courses Begin 

• • • 

September 17, 1967 
Budget Fund Sunday 

• • • 

September 24, 1967 

Teacher Training 

Class Begins 

• • • 

September 29, 30, 

October 1, 1967 

General Conference 

September 29, 1967 

Sunday School 

Departmental Sessions 

• • • 

September 30, 1967 
Instructor Breakfast 

• • • 

October 1, 1967 
Sunday School Conference 



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Answers to Your Questions 



The New Sunday School Handbook 

Q. When will the new Sunday 
School Handbook be ready? 

A. A working draft copy has 
been printed which is presently 
being revised. After its approval by 
the Church Correlation Council it 
will be printed and made available. 
This may take from three to six 
months. 



Supervision of Sunday School 
Teaching 

Q. Who is now responsible for 
supervision of teaching in the Sun- 
day School class? 

A. In the child area (Courses 3 
through 11) the superintendent, 
with the aid of the Junior Sunday 



School coordinator and the teacher 
trainer, is responsible for supervi- 
sion of each class. In the youth 
area (Courses 12 through 22) one 
assistant superintendent, with the 
aid of the teacher trainer, is respon- 
sible for supervision. In the adult 
area (Courses 23 through 30) one 
assistant superintendent, with the 
aid of the teacher trainer, is re- 
sponsible for supervision. 



Memorized Recitations. 



For October 8, 1967 

Scriptures listed here should be 
memorized by students in Courses 
9 and 13 during August and Sep- 
tember. Each class should recite in 
unison the passage for its respec- 
tive course during the Sunday 
School worship service of October 
fast day. 



Course 9: 

(This scripture quotes the 
Apostle Paul as saying everyone 
should repent, be baptized, and re- 
ceive the Holy Ghost.) 

"... Repent, and be baptized 
every one of you in the name of 
Jesus Christ for the remission of 
sins, and ye shall receive the gift 
of the Holy Ghost." —Acts 2:38. 



Course 13: 

(This scripture tells the reason 
for the Savior's mission on earth.) 

"And he shall come into the 
world to redeem his people; and he 
shall take upon him the transgres- 
sions of those who believe on his 
name; and these are they that 
shall have eternal life, and salva- 
tion cometh to none else." 

— Alma 11:40. 



Attention! Sunday School Workers 
DEPARTMENTAL SESSIONS AT OCTOBER CONFERENCE 



Excitement is building again this year 
as plans are being completed for the 
Sunday School departmental sessions to 
be held during the time of October gen- 
eral conference. 

These sessions will be held Friday eve- 
ning, September 29, 1967. Every depart- 
ment will be represented in programs 
designed to motivate and assist Sunday 
School officers and teachers in their im- 
portant callings. 

The Instructor breakfast, Saturday 



morning, September 30, for superinten- 
dents and Instructor Use Directors will 
dwell on the promotion of the magazine 
as the enrichment tool of every Sunday 
School worker. 

Regular Sunday School conference 
will be held Sunday evening, October 1, 
in the tabernacle. 

Watch The Instructor for more de- 
tailed announcements later and plan to 
attend the departmental meeting of your 
choice. 



AUGUST 1967 



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A renowned scientist and longtime member of the Sunday School 
general board, Dr. Henry Eyring recalls his boyhood days in an 
early Mormon settlement in Colonia Juarez, Mexico. Here he 
spent eleven exciting years as a young cowboy on thirteen thou- 
sand acres of fenced range; and here he had many unforgettable 
experiences as he watched the Church in action. . . . 

SOUTH OF THE BORDER 



by Henry Eyring 



"Henry, your Sunday School teacher is here to 
see you." With this introduction my mother, who 
had watched over me night and day, brought Sister 
Allred into a bedroom of our home on Main Street 
in Colonia Juarez, in the spring of 1905. I was then 
a four-year-old just recovering from a near-fatal 
attack of typhoid fever. Miss Allred was an attractive 
young lady, and I was proud and happy that she 
cared enough to visit me. She spoke to me cheerfully 
and after a brief visit with my mother and me went 
on her way. But something important had happened 
to me. I had been a vital part of a fine teacher-stu- 
dent relationship that I have never forgotten. I 
learned that day how important it is to care about 
people even when they are small and may not seem 
very important. 

A Goat and Horse Trade 

Outside, a magnolia tree was covered with beauti- 
ful blossoms; and inside Father, Mother, two older 
sisters, and a younger brother did everything pos- 
sible to express their happiness that the dreadful 
fever had broken. In almost no time at all I was 
outside playing again. Soon after this, my indulgent 
father presented me with two small goats which 
everyone at first thought were very interesting. But 



(For Course 1, lesson of August 6, "We Are Kind to Each Other at 
Home"; for Course 3, lessons of September 10 and October 22, "We 
Have Joy at Home," and "Animals Can Do Many Things"; for Course 
5, lessons of September 17 and October 15, "Adam Named the Ani- 
mals" and "Family in This World Is Part of the Lord's Plan"; for 
Course 7, lesson of October 22, "Being a Good Family Member"; for 
Course 9, lesson of September 10, "Baptism, a Requirement for 
Membership"; and of general interest.) 



the goats soon discovered they could jump to the 
top of the low board fence around our yard and, by 
walking along it, get down into the neighbor's yard. 

A few days later Father rode a pretty little sorrel 
horse to where I was playing near the house and 
asked me if I would be willing to trade my two goats 
for the horse. I was delighted to make the trade, and 
so I became the proud owner of the sorrel horse we 
called Chivo, which means goat in Spanish, I kept 
this horse until father decided a dun-colored horse, 
Grullo, was safer for me to ride. Again he offered me 
a good trade which I readily accepted. 

My father had a way of making everyone feel 
important. He was never patronizing and always 
treated people as individuals with rights which he 
respected. The result was that I would have tried to 
jump over the moon if I had thought he wanted me 
to do it. 

Riding the Range with Father 

One incident which occurred when I was two, 
and so antedates my memory, was often recalled by 
Mother. One day when Father returned from the 
ranch he unsaddled his horse and put me on its 
back. He and Mother then walked together, leading 
the horse down to the river which ran behind our 
house. When the horse got through drinking he 
shook himself, as horses do, and I tumbled into the 
river. Father fished me out, unhurt, and I immedi- 
ately asked to be put back on the horse for the 




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return ride to the corral. Today's city children have 
difficulty realizing how much domestic animals in- 
fluenced the lives of children around 1900. I have 
no recollection, for example, of learning to ride horse- 
back. So far as I remember, I always knew how. The 
first automobile was brought into the colonies by my 
father's cousin, Henry Bowman, about 1908. It was 
exciting to punch the rubber bulb which tooted the 
horn, even though we were actively discouraged from 
doing so. 

By the time I was five I was riding the range 
with Father. We acquired a little black horse which 
I rode most of the time until we left Mexico in 1912. 
Just as soon as my two younger brothers were old 
enough they joined the cavalcade on two more pretty 
black horses. We had fifty head of horses so Father 
rode mounts of all shapes and colors but generally 
chose some especially well-gaited animal. My 
father's horses and cattle ranged over some thirteen 
thousand acres of fenced range, so life was almost 
always interesting for young cowboys. One excep- 
tion to this was during the dry season which lasted 
from June to about the middle of July. During this 
period my brothers and I were expected to herd 50 
to 100 head of the leaner cattle in alfalfa fields. We 
had to keep them from eating so much that they 
would bloat and die. Since we were on horseback the 
work wasn't physically hard, but it was tiring and 
we prayed regularly that the rains would come and 
relieve us. 

Baptism in the Piedras Verde River 

In March, 1909, I was baptized with a group of 
other eight-year-olds in the Piedras Verde River. 
Brother John C. Harper, a Virginian who had 
fought with the Confederacy and had been badly 
wounded during the Civil War, baptized us. When I 
knew him he was a kindly, elderly gentleman whom 
everyone admired and respected; and I regarded 
him as a special friend. The baptisms were performed 
by the same authority as those done by that other 
John at Jordan long ago, and the ceremony was as 
simple. The next Sunday we were confirmed in the 
meetinghouse where on week days we went to school. 



As both kinds of gatherings were under Church 
auspices, this caused no difficulty. 

The Revolution 

The Mormon colonists first went to Mexico in 
the middle Eighties, so the hard pioneering days 
were over by the time I was born. To small boy it 
seemed we had everything, and the world was 
completely stable. Then, in 1910, the Mexican revo- 
lution began, and by 1912 conditions were so un- 
settled that the colonies had to be abandoned. When 
the civil law broke down, the Church organization 
automatically filled the void. Our stake president, 
Junius Romney, only 34 at the time, acting with the 
other stake and ward officers, had to plan and carry 
out the exodus of nearly five thousand people. This 
was a practical example of the Prophet Joseph's 
statement that he taught the Saints correct prin- 
ciples and they governed themselves. I was only 11 
at the time, so was sent out on the train with the 
women and children. The men stayed behind as a 
militia, hoping to hold things together so we could 
all return. Instead, the situation continued to de- 
teriorate; and in about three weeks the men were 
obliged to withdraw from the colonies, traveling 100 
miles to the border on horseback where they joined 
the rest of us in El Paso, Texas. 

We stayed nearly a year in El Paso, still hoping 
to return to our homes. During this time my younger 
brother, Edward, and I got jobs in Calisher's depart- 
ment store at wages of $2.00 a week. These wages 
were soon raised to $3.50. At that time women clerks 
received $10.00 a week, and the men in charge of 
floors of the store received $20.00. A nickel would 
buy a quart of milk or a loaf of bread. 

If my parents were every greatly worried, I never 
knew it. They were buoyed up by a firm faith in an 
overruling Providence. Most of us were never to 
return to the Colonies. But those eleven exciting 
years gave me an unforgettable opportunity to see 
this great Church in action and lay a foundation 
for my faith. 



Library File Reference: EYRING, HENRY. 




AUGUST 1967 



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Our Worshipful 
Hymn Practice 

Senior Sunday School Hymn for the Month of October 




Hymn: "Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me"; 
author, Edward Hopper; composer, J. 
E. Gould; Hymns — Church of Jesus 
Christ of Latter-day Saints, No. 121. 

"Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me" is 
reminiscent of many hymns writ- 
ten during the nineteenth century, 
comparing life on earth with a voy- 
age by sea. The seacoast areas of 
the world were inhabited primarily 
by the families of men who "went 
down to the sea in ships"; they 
knew intimately the sea's tempests 
and trials, as well as the intense 
relief felt when the seamen were 
brought home safely by a good 
pilot. Incidentally, the author of 
the words of this month's hymn, 
Edward Hopper, was a New York 
minister in a mission church for 
seamen, so the stimulus for the 
text was a natural one. 

The analogy drawn between our 
earthly estate and a long sea voy- 
age is a good one. We are all sub- 
ject to despair and discouragement 
at times and can easily "run 
aground" or be capsized by the 
buffetings of the world unless we 
have a secure faith in our Heavenly 
Father and the Savior of the world 
— a faith which will guide us safe- 
ly home to dwell eternally in their 
presence. 

To the Chorister: 

This, then, is a hymn of contem- 
plation and should be sung reflec- 
tively. This is not to say, however, 
that a thin, breathy tone is to be 
expected from the congregation. 
There is no reason that loud sing- 
ing should be the only kind with 
carrying quality. On the contrary, 
well-modulated and well-produced 
voices will project themselves with 



good effect. Remarkably beautiful 
singing can be achieved by congre- 
gations if the chorister is sensitive 
to their capabilities and to the 
possibilities inherent in the hymn. 
You can do much toward produc- 
ing the proper tone by exhibiting 
good posture and by showing con- 
fidence, not only in your own abil- 
ity but in that of the singers, be- 
lieving they can produce what you 
desire vocally and expressively. 

All choristers are urged to form 
the habit of using a music stand 
when they conduct. Too much can- 
not be said for eye contact between 
a conductor and his singers, and 
this is difficult to achieve when he 
holds the hymn book. Also, the 
stand should be adjusted so that 
it is not too high; otherwise, the 
conducting may become somewhat 
restricted. 

The hymn should be sung in a 
dignified manner. Triple meter 
is also used for waltzes, and a too 
rapid tempo may make the hymn 
seem dangerously similar to the 
waltz. As with last month's hymn, 
this one begins on the last beat of 
the measure, so the preparatory 
beat is the equivalent of a small 
second beat. Establish the tempo 
on the first few measures as the 
organist plays the hymn in its 
entirety, then be ready to bring in 
the congregation following the 
momentary pause at its conclu- 
sion. It is suggested that no inter- 
lude be used between the three 
verses, which are relatively short; 
but be sure the singers have time 
to get their bearings and a good 
breath between verses. Mechanical 
problems are few; however, it is 



advisable to take the first two 
notes of the triplet figure some- 
what deliberately so that all will 
be equal in time value. Make your 
baton movements smooth and def- 
inite; there is no need to conduct 
the individual notes, but the meter 
only. 

To the Organist: 

It is largely the duty of the 
organist to set the proper mood for 
congregational singing. Be sure the 
registration you select reflects the 
dignified nature of the hymn. 
Avoid the inclination to use trem- 
olo, because sentimentality may re- 
sult. Carefully work out the rhyth- 
mic problems ahead of time, and 
thus help the congregation to avoid 
them. Develop the habit, also, of 
knowing and silently singing the 
text, in order that you may phrase 
with the singers. Then by joining 
with the chorister in a well-pre- 
pared team, you may lead the con- 
gregation into a new awareness of 
their musical, and concurrently, 
worshipful, capabilities. 

— Ralph Woodward. 

October Sacrament Gems 

Senior Sunday School 

"And it came to pass that he 
brake bread again and blessed it, 
and gave to the disciples to eat." 1 

Junior Sunday School 

Jesus said, "Come unto me . . . 
and I will give you rest." 2 

13 Nevhi 20:3. 
^Matthew 11:28. 



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Junior Sunday School Hymn for the Month of October 



HYMN: " 'Tis Sweet to Sing the 
Matchless Love"; author, George Man- 
waring; composer, Frank W. Asper; 
The Children Sing, No. 23. 

Our hymn for October is one of 
six sacramental hymns in The Chil- 
dren Sing. Its mention of the sac- 
rament and why we take it quali- 
fies the hymn as a sacramental 
hymn. Other hymns which specifi- 
cally mention the sacrament have 
been published during the past sev- 
eral years in The Instructor. (See 
the January, 1967, issue, for ex- 
ample.) Hymns of a general reli- 
gious nature are not appropriate to 
prepare us to take the sacrament. 

This hymn is authored by two 
LDS writers: George Manwaring, 
who lived in the last half of the 
nineteenth century; and Frank W. 
Asper, recently retired Tabernacle 
organist. 

Our Junior Sunday School chil- 
dren should have no difficulties 
with the moderate range of this 
hymn. It may not be familiar to 
many children nor to many adults, 
so more time than usual may be 
required to teach its message and 
melody. It is one of the longer 
hymns, but its message is clear and 
concise: We take the sacrament to 
help us remember Jesus' love for 
us and to show our renewed faith 
in Him. 

To the Chorister: 

1. Learn the melody of the prac- 
tice hymn. Be able to hum it 
through without the words. Then 
find the phrases which will permit 
you to stop and rehearse the music 
in a logical place. 

2. Let the words permeate your 
soul. Be able to say the words 
without singing the melody and 
their message will strike you more 
forcefully. Then add the music. 
Let the words take seed in your 
subconscious mind as you search 
for ways to teach the message. De- 
cide if you will teach all verses. 
Be sure to include the second verse, 
with its mention of the sacrament. 



3. Practice conducting the hymn 
at a thoughtful, unhurried tempo. 
It is the responsibility of the chor- 
ister to set the tempo. 

4. Write out the number of les- 
sons you will need according to the 
available Sundays in October. Try 
to do this in September. Do not 
trust each hymn practice to inspi- 
ration alone. Build each lesson 
upon the one previously given. 

5. Consult with your organist 
regarding tempo, introductions, in- 
terludes, and your intended proce- 
dure during hymn practice. The 
organist appreciates being in- 
formed. No effective hymn prac- 
tice was ever presented without 
good teamwork. 

6. Organize your visual aids. 
How will you visualize this hymn 
in your presentation? Ready your 
materials well in advance. 

7. Practice your presentation 
verbally to a wall, mirror, bedpost, 
or better still, into a tape recorder. 
This procedure will help you de- 
termine ahead of time what you 
will say and do. 

8. Approach each Sunday with 
a prayer that you can radiate the 
same spirit of love and faith you 
want the children to have when 
they partake of the sacrament. 

9. Evaluate each Sunday's hymn 
practice the same day. Those who 
do not evaluate themselves stop 
growing. How was the presenta- 
tion received? What were its 



strong points? weak points? How 
could the lesson have been im- 
proved? 

To the Organist: 

Practice this hymn, with its 
"bothersome" three sharps, until 
nearly automatic. Play the final 
chord with three notes in the right 
hand, one in the left. Remember 
that any chord that has impossible 
reaches in one hand usually can be 
played by placing the tenor note 
in the other hand. This applies to 
all hymns. 

An organist has two main re- 
sponsibilities in the Junior Sunday 
School: first, to accompany the 
hymns in partnership with the 
chorister during the opening exer- 
cises of Sunday School; second, to 
select prayerfully appropriate pre- 
lude and postlude music of a devo- 
tional character to set the mood 
for the worship service. Develop 
good judgment in selecting high 
quality prelude and postlude 
music. Do not be afraid to repeat 
good music. Use one longer piece 
several times, or place several 
pieces together, bridging each one 
to the other with little or no 
pause. Above all, be thoughtful 
and prayerful in the preparation of 
your very important materials, 
which become your personal con- 
tribution to the Lord on His day. 
— A. Laurence Lyon. 



Organ Music for October Sacrament Gems 



Robert Cundick 




AUGUST 1967 



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'Whatsoever You 
Seal on Earth . . ." 



by Heber G. Jensen* 



The importance of temples can be taught to 
children as well as to adults. It is, perhaps, more 
powerfully brought home to them in the mission field 
where families, rather than individuals, are con- 
verted to the Church. Then, when a whole family is 
baptized, its members realize the significance of Gos- 
pel ordinances as the gateway to the celestial king- 
dom for the entire family unit. They are taught, 
like all of us, that: 

In the celestial glory there are three heavens or 
degrees; and in order to obtain the highest, a man 
must enter into this order of the priesthood [mean- 
ing the new and everlasting covenant of marriage']. 
(Doctrine and Covenants 131:1, 2.) 

Thus it is brought home to the families that if 
they are to be exalted in the celestial kingdom of 
God, parents must be married by the "holy order 
of the priesthood" and their children must be sealed 
to them by the same power. For it is only in the 
highest degree of the celestial kingdom that families 
are eternally united. No man can gain exaltation 
alone; he must have his family with him. 

Marriage for eternity and sealing of families for 
eternity can be performed only in one of the temples 
of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 
where the priesthood of God has the authority to 
perform these ordinances. It is no wonder, then, 
when this doctrine is preached to new converts in 
the Church, families develop a strong desire to at- 
tend the temple and realize this blessing. 

Many families who come to the New Zealand 
Temple have worked and waited long years to save 
enough money for the trip. Even the small children 
in these families have looked forward with great 
eagerness to their day in the temple. 

Jennifer Birch was only ten years old, but she 
was the eldest of five children in the family. Her 
family had joined the Church in Dunedin, on 
the South Island of New Zealand. They were 
anxious to go to the temple. However it was 600 



miles away, and the trip would cost a great deal of 
money — much more than they had. The father in 
the family had poor health and could not work. He 
had had several heart attacks, and only the admin- 
istrations of the elders had kept him alive. But 
Jennifer loved her parents and her sisters, and she 
wanted the family sealed so that they could all be 
together in eternity. The family discussed the proj- 
ect and prayed that the way would be opened for 
them. Then they all worked to save the needed 
money for the journey. Father's heart attacks began 
to come more frequently, and it took longer each 
time for him to recover and leave the hospital. They 
felt that he had very little time left. When members 
of the Dunedin Branch learned how anxious the 
Birches were to attend the temple, they all "pitched 
in" to help collect the necessary funds. And as soon 
as there was enough, the Birches were sent on their 
way to Temple View. It was the experience of a 
lifetime for them. In the quiet peace of the temple 
Jennifer could feel the spirit of the Lord, and she 
knew that their family would belong to one another 
forever. 

A short time after the Birches returned to their 
home, the father had another heart attack. This 
time he did not recover. Although the family were 
grieved, they were grateful that they had had the 
experience of attending the temple because they 
knew they had not lost their father, but that he had 
gone on a special mission and they would be with 
him again one day. 

The conviction and testimony of newly baptized 
families in the mission field leads them to make 
many sacrifices to insure "family togetherness" in 
the Lord's plan of salvation. Consider the Dutch 
family which had moved to Australia from Holland. 
Mr. and Mrs. Nieuwenhuizen had a family of eight 
children when the missionaries came to their door. 
But soon after they had accepted the Gospel and 
been baptized, they became anxious to attend the 
temple in New Zealand, eighteen hundred miles 



(For Course la, lesson of August 6, "Our Families"; for Course 
5, lesson of October 22, "Family Members Work Together in the 
Home"; for Course 7, lesson of October 1, "The Temple Is A Special 
Place"; for Course 13, lesson of October 22, "First Visit To the 
Temple"; for Course 29, lesson of August 27, "Marriage and Family 
Relationships"; to support family home evening lessons 30 and 31; 
and of general interest.) 



*Heber G. Jensen is president of the New Zealand Temple. He 
was born in Aetna, Alberta, Canada, and served in the Canadian 
Mission (1921-23). He has served as bishop, patriarch, and in a stake 
presidency. At one time he was deputy minister of lands and forests 
in the province of Alberta. He and his wife, the former Hattie 
Baker, are parents of five children. 



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Two sets of twins, a ten-month-old baby, and a proud mother and father have become an eternal family unit, after sealing 
services in the New Zealand Temple. Parents are Eric and Doreen Hart, of Temple View, New Zealand. 



away. They had no money. Little Ineke, the young- 
est, was only four, but he, too, was taught about 
the eternal family unit; and he, too, wanted to par- 
ticipate in this blessing. Children and parents all 
worked and saved for five long years with this goal 
in mind. 

Finally they had enough money for the trip. 
Ineke was now nine years old, and this was an excit- 
ing experience for him, for they had to fly over the 
great ocean to get to New Zealand and the temple. 
When the plane landed at the city of Auckland, the 
family rented a large van and drove the last eighty 
miles. They sang Mormon hymns as they journeyed 
along. It was dark when they neared Temple View; 



and as they came to the top of the last hill and saw 
the beautiful temple, white and majestic against the 
evening sky, they stopped and gazed in awe. No 
one spoke for several minutes. Their dream had come 
true, and they were grateful. Later, when they knelt 
around the altar in the temple to be sealed for time 
and all eternity, young Ineke and the other chil- 
dren began to understand what was meant by the 
scripture: 

. . . Whatsoever you seal on earth shall be sealed 
in heaven; and whatsoever you bind on earth, in my 
name and by my word, saith the Lord, it shall be 
eternally bound in the heavens. . . . (Doctrine and 
Covenants 132:46.) 

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by President Joseph F. Smith 
(1838-1918) 

My beloved brethren and sisters, while listening 
to the singing of the last hymn, my mind reverted 
to a revelation contained in the Book of Doctrine 
and Covenants, and I feel impressed to read a por- 
tion of it, and then make a few remarks concerning 
it, if I am led to do so. This revelation was given 
through the Prophet Joseph Smith, at Kirtland, in 
May, 1833: 

Verily, thus saith the Lord: It shall come to pass 
that every soul who forsaketh his sins and cometh 
unto me, and calleth on my name, and obeyeth my 
voice, and keepeth my commandments, shall see my 
face and know that I am. (Doctrine and Covenants 
93:1.) 

You will remember that the hymn which was 

sung by the choir begins thus: 

I know that my Redeemer lives; 
What comfort this sweet sentence gives! 
He lives, he lives, who once was dead. 
He lives, my ever-living head. 

A Key 

It occurs to me that in the words I have just 
read from the revelation there is a key given to us, 
as the people of God, by which we may know how 
to obtain the knowledge which is spoken of by the 
poet in this hymn — "I Know That My Redeemer 
Lives." The conditions are stated by which we may 
secure this knowledge. Furthermore, every soul who 
observeth the conditions shall not only know that 
He is, but he shall know also — 



(For Course 19, lesson of August 20, "Practical Religion — Spiri- 
tuality"; for Course 25, lessons of September and October; for 
Course 27, lessons 6f September 24 and October 1, "The Savior, 
Faithful Son of God the Father" and "The Holy Ghost as Witness 
of the Father and Son"; for Course 29, lessons of September 10 and 
October 22, "The Articles of Faith" and "The Godhead"; to support 
family home evening lessons 1 to 8; and of general interest.) 

*This is part of a discourse delivered in the Tabernacle, Salt 
Lake City, March 16, 1902, entitled, "I Know That My Redeemer 
Lives." It is reprinted here from The Improvement Era, Volume 11, 
March, 1908, pages 380-384. 



. . . That I am the true light that lighteth every 
man that cometh into the world; 

And that I am in the Father, and the Father in 
me, and the Father and I are one. (Doctrine and 
Covenants 93:2, 3.) 

This is not speaking of the greater light which 
is especially bestowed upon those who are born 
again; for not every man that cometh into the world 
is born again and entitled to receive the greater 
light by the gift of the Holy Ghost. Perhaps it may 
be well for me to make a few remarks in relation to 
this distinction between the light of Christ that 
lighteth every man that cometh into the world, and 
that light which comes after repentance and bap- 
tism for the remission of sins. 

It is by the power of God that all things are 
made that have been made. It is by the power of 
Christ that all things are governed and kept in place 
in the universe. It is the power which proceeds from 
the presence of the Son of God throughout all the 
works of His hands, that giveth light, energy, under- 
standing, knowledge, and a degree of intelligence to 
all the children of men, strictly in accordance with 
the words in the Book of Job, "But there is a spirit 
in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth 
them understanding." (Job 32:8.) It is this inspira- 
tion from God, proceeding throughout all of His crea- 
tions, that enlighteneth the children of men; and 
it is nothing more nor less than the spirit of Christ, 
that enlighteneth the mind, that quickeneth the 
understanding, and that prompteth the children of 
men to do that which is good and to eschew that 
which is evil; which quickens the conscience of man 
and gives him intelligence to judge between good 
and evil, light and darkness, right and wrong. We 
are indebted to God for this intelligence that we 
possess. It is by the spirit which li|hteth every man 
that cometh into the world that our minds are quick- 
ened and our spirits enlightened with understanding 
and intelligence. And all men are entitled to this. 
It is not reserved for the obedient alone; but it 
is given unto all the children of men that are born 
into the world. 

The Greater Light 

But the gift of the Holy Ghost, which bears 
record of the Father and the Son, which takes of 
the things of the Father and shows them unto men, 
which testifies of Jesus Christ, and of the ever-living 
God, the Father of Jesus Christ, and which bears 
witness of the truth — this Spirit, this intelligence, is 
not given unto all men until they repent of their 
sins and come into a state of worthiness before the 
Lord. Then they receive it by the laying on of the 



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hands of those who are authorized of God to bestow 
his blessings upon the heads of the children of men. 
The Spirit spoken of in that which I have read is 
that Spirit which will not cease to strive with the 
children of men until they are brought to the pos- 
session of the greater light and intelligence. Though 
a man may commit all manner of sin and blasphemy, 
if he has not received the testimony of the Holy 
Ghost he may be forgiven by repenting of his sins, 
humbling himself before the Lord, and obeying in 
sincerity the commandments of God. As it is stated 
here, "... Every soul who forsaketh his sins and 
cometh unto me, and calleth on my name, and obey- 
eth my voice, and keepeth my commandments, shall 
see my face and know that I am." He shall be for- 
given, and receive of the greater light; he will enter 
into a solemn covenant with God, into a compact 
with the Almighty, through the Only Begotten Son, 
whereby he becomes a son of God, an heir of God, 
and a joint heir with Jesus Christ. Then, if he shall 
sin against the light and knowledge he has received, 
the light that was within him shall become dark- 
ness, and oh, how great will be that darkness! Then, 
and not till then, will this Spirit of Christ that light- 
eth every man that cometh into the world cease to 
strive with him, and he shall be left to his own 
destruction. 

This is in accordance with the doctrine of Christ, 
as it is revealed in the New Testament; it is in ac- 
cordance with the word of God as it has been re- 
vealed in the latter-day through the Prophet Joseph 
Smith. God will not condemn any man to utter 
destruction, neither shall any man be thrust down 
to hell irredeemably, until he has been brought to 
the possession of the greater light that comes 
through repentance and obedience to the laws and 
commandments of God; but if, after he has received 
light and knowledge, he shall sin against the light 
and will not repent, then, indeed, he becomes a lost 
soul, a son of perdition. 

Is There A Difference? 

The question is often asked, is there any dif- 
ference between the Spirit of the Lord and the Holy 
Ghost? The terms are frequently used synonymous- 
ly. We often say the Spirit of God when we mean 
the Holy Ghost; we likewise say the Holy Ghost 
when we mean the Spirit of God. The Holy Ghost 
is a personage in the Godhead, and is not that which 
lighteth every man that comes into the world. It 
is the Spirit of God which proceeds through Christ 
to the world, that enlightens every man that comes 
into the world, and that strives with the children of 



men, and will continue to strive with them, until it 
brings them to a knowledge of the truth and the 
possession of the greater light and testimony of the 
Holy Ghost. If, however, he receive that greater 
light, and then sin against it, the Spirit of God will 
cease to strive with him, and the Holy Ghost will 
wholly depart from him. Then will he persecute the 
truth; then will he seek the blood of the innocent; 
then will he not scruple at the commission of any 
crime, except so far as he may fear the penalties of 
the law, in consequence of the crime upon himself. 

The Light and Redeemer of the World 

I will read again: 

And that I am in the Father, and the Father in 
me, and the Father and I are one. (Doctrine and 
Covenants 93:3.) 

I do not apprehend that any intelligent person 
will construe these words to mean that Jesus and 
His Father are one person, but merely that they 
are one in knowledge, in truth, in wisdom, in un- 
derstanding, and in purpose; just as the Lord Jesus 
himself admonished His disciples to be one with 
Him, and to be in Him, that He might be in them. 
It is in this sense that I understand this language, 
and not as it is construed by some people, that 
Christ and His Father are one person. I declare to 
you that they are not one person, but that they are 
two persons, two bodies, separate and apart, and as 
distinct as are any father and son within the sound 
of my voice. Yet, Jesus is the Father of the world, 
because it was by Him that the world was made. 
He says: 

... And the Father and I are one — 

The Father because he gave me of his fulness, 
and the Son because I was in the world and made 
flesh my tabernacle, and dwelt among the sons of 
men. 

I was in the world and received of my Father, 
and the works of him were plainly manifest. 

And John saw and bore record of the fulness of 
my glory, and the fulness of John's record is here- 
after to be revealed. 

And he bore record, saying: I saw his glory, that 
he was in the beginning, before the world was; 

Therefore, in the beginning the Word was, for 
he was the Word, even the messenger of salvation — 

The light and the Redeemer of the world; the 
Spirit of truth, who came into the world, because 
the world was made by him, and in him was the 
life of men and the light of men. 

The worlds were made by him; men were made 
by him; all things were made by him, and through 
him, and of him. 

And I, John, bear record that I beheld his glory, 

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as the glory of the Only Begotten of the Father, 
full of grace and truth, even the Spirit of truth, 
which came and dwelt in the flesh, and dwelt among 
us. 

And I, John, saw that he received not of the 
fulness at the first, but received grace for grace; 

And he received not of the fulness at first, but 
continued from grace to grace, until he received a 
fulness; 

And thus he was called the Son of God, because 
he received not of the fulness at the first. (Doctrine 
and Covenants 93:3-14.) 

From Grace to Grace 

What a glorious thought is inspired in the heart 
when we read sentiments like this, that even Christ 
himself was not perfect at first; He received not a 
fulness at first, but He received grace for grace, and 
He continued to receive more and more until He 
received a fulness. Is not this to be so with the 
children of men? Is any man perfect? Has any man 
received a fulness at once? Have we reached a point 
wherein we may receive the fulness of God, of His 
glory and His intelligence? No; and yet if Jesus, 
the Son of God, and the Father of the heavens and 
the earth in which we dwell, received not a fulness 
at the first, but increased in faith, knowledge, under- 
standing and grace until He received a fulness, is it 
not possible for all men that are born of women to 
receive little by little, line upon line, precept upon 
precept, until they shall receive a fulness, as He 
has received a fulness, and be exalted with Him in 
the presence of the Father? 

The revelation continues: 

And I, John, bear record, and lo, the heavens 
were opened, and the Holy Ghost descended upon 
him in the form of a dove, and sat upon him, and 
there came a voice out of heaven saying: This is my 
beloved Son. (Doctrine and Covenants 93:15.) 

This voice out of heaven came from God, the 
Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 

And I, John, bear record that he received a 
fulness of the glory of the Father; 

And he received all power, both in heaven and 
on earth, and the glory of the Father was with him, 
for he dwelt in him. 

And it shall come to pass, that if you are faith- 
ful you shall receive the fulness of the record of John. 

I give unto you these sayings that you may un- 
derstand and know how to worship, and know what 
you worship, that you may come unto the Father in 
my name, and in due time receive of his fulness. 

For if you keep my commandments you shall 
receive of his fulness, and be glorified in me as I 



am in the Father; therefore, I say unto you, you 
shall receive grace for grace. 

And now, verily I say unto you, I was in the 
beginning with the Father, and am the Firstborn; 

And all those who are begotten through me are 
partakers of the glory of the same, and are the 
church of the Firstborn. . . . 

The elements are the tabernacle of God; yea, man 
is the tabernacle of God, even temples; and whatso- 
ever temple is defiled, God shall destroy that temple. 

The glory of God is intelligence, or in other 
words, light and truth. 

Light and truth forsake that evil one. 

Every spirit of man was innocent in the begin- 
ning, and God having redeemed man from the jail, 
men became again, in their infant state, innocent 
before God. 

And that wicked one cometh and taketh away 
light and truth, through disobedience, from the chil- 
dren of men, and because of the traditions of their 
fathers. (Doctrine and Covenants 93:16-22; 35-39.) 

The word of the Lord is truth. You ask, What 
is truth? It is the truth that God lives. What more 
is truth? It is the truth that Jesus Christ is the Son 
of God, the Redeemer of the world; that He atoned 
for the sin of Adam, and that through our repent- 
ance and obedience to Him we shall receive a for- 
giveness of our own sins, and shall be cleansed 
therefrom, and exalted again in the presence of God, 
from whence we came. It is truth that God has 
revealed to the world that except a man be born 
again he cannot see the kingdom of heaven. It is 
eternal truth that except a man be bom of the 
water and of the Spirit he cannot enter into the 
kingdom of heaven. These are the Almighty's truths 
that He has revealed to the children of men, and 
upon these we will stand. We propose to bear our 
testimony of these truths, and to declare these prin- 
ciples to the children of men, as long as God will 
give us His Spirit, and we are entrusted with this 
mission to declare Jesus Christ and Him crucified 
and risen from the dead, and Joseph Smith raised 
up by the power of God to restore the fulness of 
the everlasting Gospel and the authority of the holy 
priesthood to the earth in the dispensation of the 
fulness of times. We bear this testimony to the 
world, and we know that our testimony is true; for 
we have received of that Spirit of truth which is of 
God, and of which Jesus speaks here through the 
Prophet Joseph Smith. Therefore, our testimony 
is in force upon the world. Especially is it in force 
upon those who have yielded obedience to the mes- 
sage of salvation as it has been restored to the earth 
and declared unto you. 



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WHY NOT DO IT FOR LOVE? 



Steve came into the house from the yard where 
he had been pulling weeds — laboring for a prom- 
ised hourly rate of pay. The day was hot. Steve's 
face was red. Perspiration poured down his face. 
Clearly he had changed his mind. 

"You couldn't pay me enough to do that job!" 
he exploded. "There isn't enough money in the 
whole world to pay me to pull weeds out there in 
that hot sun." 

Steve's mother heard him out, patiently, calmly. 
Then she answered: 

"You know, Steve, you couldn't pay me to be 
your mother — to pick up after you, to wash your 
dirty clothes, iron, and mend your socks. No, you 
couldn't pay me — but I'll do it for love." 

Steve got the message. He went back to his dis- 
tasteful, back-breaking task. 



We couldn't pay our bishop to be bishop. He's 
a busy man, an executive who must fly to other 
cities on business and carry a full schedule here at 
home. He likes to be with his family. He and his 
boy used to go on fishing trips. That was before he 
became our bishop, and we added our load to his. 
No, we couldn't pay him to be our bishop — but he 
does it for love. 

How many of us turn down assignments because 
they seem unworthy of our talents, or are too time- 
consuming, or just aren't the kind of jobs we would 
choose for ourselves. It's sort of like pulling weeds 
on a hot day. But maybe — for the sake of our fellow 
ward members and for the Lord — maybe we could 
do it for love. 

— Betty Ventura. 
(Lucero Ward, Temple View Stake, Salt Lake City.) 



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v^ 



Compared with the early-day Church of Jesus Christ, 

the latter-day mission of Joseph Smith, the present 

organization of the Church, and the explanations of 

doctrine strongly confirm that we enjoy — 

THE SAME 
GOSPEL 

by W. Glenn Harmon* 




The Restored Church has just passed its 137th 
anniversary. Not a long period, measured against 
the backdrop of some six thousand years of recorded 
history; yet neither is it short, measured against a 
man's lifetime. Young men of the fifth and sixth 
generations are now being ordained to the Aaronic 
Priesthood. And, recalling the violent efforts made 
to prevent its organization, followed by the long and 
bitter struggle to stamp it out, root and branch, the 
mere survival of the Church is impressive indeed. 

But this is not all; its spectacular growth, de- 
spite all obstacles, brands it indelibly as no mere 
human organization. It now numbers some two and 
a half million members; its 433+ stakes spread over 
the western hemisphere and into Europe, South 
America, and into the Pacific and Australia. Its 
famed Relief Society has become the world's old- 
est continuously organized body of women. And 
from its army of almost 600,000 priesthood holders, 
some 12,000 unpaid, dedicated missionaries contin- 
uously carry the Gospel message throughout the 
world. 

Here, indeed, is the beginning of the fulfillment 
of Daniel's prophecy — "the stone . . . cut out of 
the mountain without hands," destined to fill the 
whole earth. (See Daniel 2:28-45) ; and the prophecy 
of the establishment "of the Lord's House ... in 
the top of the mountains." (Isaiah 2:2.) 

Jeremiah eloquently foretold of a future day, 
when the Lord would make a new covenant with His 
people. (See Jeremiah 31.) And the book of Isaiah 
is filled with references to these "last days." Both 
Isaiah and Ezekiel prophesied of the coming forth 
of the Book of Mormon. (See Isaiah 29:11, 12; 
Ezekiel 37:16-20.) Indeed, almost all of the Old 
Testament prophets foresaw the restoration. 1 

True Doctrines Proclaimed by Joseph Smith 

It was not a new religion that Joseph Smith 
introduced. He did not profess to supersede the 
scriptures; rather, what he did was confirm, explain, 
restore. The supreme test of his work has been that 
he did so without running into a maze of contradic- 
tions and impossibilities. 

1. He confirmed the Bible and made its teach- 
ings more plain. The most important example of 



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(For Course 15, lesson of September 3, "Why Jesus Established His 
Church"; for Course 17, lesson of September 24, "Structure and Pur- 
pose of the Book of Mormon"; for Course 19, lesson of September 10, 
"Why a Church?"; for Course 25, lessons of August 27 and September 
3, "The Personal Commitment** and "Changed and Reborn"; for 
Course 27, lesson of September 10, "A Book for Our Time"; for Course 
29, lesson of October 1, "Authenticity of Joseph Smith's Mission"; 
to support family home evening lesson 1; and of general interest.) 

*W. Glenn Harmon, a native of Huntington, Utah, is patriarch 
in the Oakland-Berkeley (California) Stake. He attended Brigham 
Young University and graduated from University of California in 
1925. He is a practicing attorney in San Francisco. He and his wife, 
the former Wanda Elizabeth Boyack, live in Berkeley Ward; they 
have five children. 

iSee Hosea 14:5-8; Joel 2:28-32; Amos 9:14-15; Obadiah 17-21; 
Micah 2:12-13; Zephaniah 3:9-20; Zechariah 9:14-17. 



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this is his teaching of a personal God having a body 
of flesh and bone, the same God unmistakably 
taught in both Old and New Testaments. Such con- 
firmation was essential because Christianity had 
totally abandoned this concept by borrowing from 
Buddhism, via Plato, an intangible abstraction to 
serve as the deity. 2 

2. The Prophet's explanations of scripture in 
the light of new revelations have been admirably 
summarized by John Heidenreich, former Congre- 
gational minister. His conversion came through a 
study of the Book of Mormon, followed by a re- 
reading of the Old and New Testaments. Said he: 

... I discovered . . . two new books in the light 
of what I had unconsciously learned . . . from the 
Book of Mormon. I began to see the whole thing 
come into focus. Great areas in the Old Testament 
that had had no meaning . . . began to be filled into a 
beautiful sequence of understanding and systematic 
thought. The New Testament, fragments of which 
here and there had no meaning to me suddenly be- 
came very meaningful — and I had discovered two 
precious and wonderful books, more precious than 
they had ever been before. 3 

3. One of the many things restored through Jo- 
seph Smith was the priesthood of God. Only two 
aspects of this are mentioned here. 

Priesthood in Every Home 

First, it was undoubtedly God's plan that His 
priesthood should be found in every home. Such 
was the covenant He made with ancient Israel 
through Moses: 

. . . If ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep 
my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure 
unto me above all people . . . and ye shall be unto 
me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These 
are the words which thou shalt speak unto the 
children of Israel. (Exodus 19:5, 6.) 

This concept of a "people 'come of age' religious- 
ly" and "able to accept their own responsibilities" 
has been termed "one of the most rejuvenating re- 
ligious ideas of all time." 4 

But ancient Israel did not keep its covenant (see 
Jeremiah 31:32); in consequence the Melchizedek 



^The prevailing Christian concept of God as an immaterial spirit 
was undeniably an accommodation by the early Christian fathers to 
the powerful philosophy of pagan Greece. (See James L. Barker, The 
Divine Church, Deseret News Press, Salt Lake City, 1951, part two, 
pages 22-32. This was the Melchizedek Priesthood study course for 
1953.) It completely supplanted the personal God unmistakably 
taught in both the Old and New Testaments. But the idea of an 
abstraction as Supreme Being did not originate with Plato and the 
Greeks; they had borrowed it from Buddhism. The subject is most 
ably treated by N. L. Nelson in two articles, "Heaven vs. Nirvana," 
The Improvement Era, May, 1907, pages 481-500; and June, 1907, 
pages 579-599. These articles have been reprinted by Gordon T. 
Allred in, If a Man Die; Bookcraft, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1964; 
page 262. 

3 John Heidenreich, in a speech to a fireside group, 1965, from an 
unpublished tape. 

*J. Edgar Park, Exposition Book of Exodus, Interpreter's Bible, 
Volume 1; Abingdon-Cokesbury Press, New York, 1952; page 972. 



priesthood was taken away, and Israel did not be- 
come a "kingdom of priests." When Jesus came, the 
concept was restored for the primitive Church (see 
/ Peter 2:9, 10) — only to be lost again through 
apostasy. 

With the latter-day restoration, however, this 
principle has again returned — this time never to be 
taken away. (See Daniel 2:44.) The priesthood-in- 
every-home concept is basic to the strength and soli- 
darity of the Restored Church and of the Latter-day 
Saint family and home. 

Priesthood Maintained by Love and Gentle Persuasion 

Second, into a world dominated by physical force 
has come this priesthood of God — working upon a 
principle which is the complete antithesis of force. 
One of the most sublime revelations in religious lit- 
erature is found in the Doctrine and Covenants, 
Section 121; and the circumstances under which it 
was given hardly could have been more dramatic. 
Seized by his would-be destroyers, the prophet had 
been thrown into a place called, of all things, "Lib- 
erty Jail." There, in response to his agonized prayer, 
"Oh God, where art thou?" came the noble revela- 
tion that the power of the priesthood rests on love, 
persuasion, kindness, and pure knowledge. 

What a contrast to the vile surroundings in which 
he found himself! Yet this was the essence of the 
teaching of the Savior Himself' — and this is the 
power which is destined at last to prevail over physi- 
cal force! 

. . . The doctrine of the priesthood shall distil 
upon thy soul as the dews from heaven. The Holy 
Ghost shall be thy constant companion . . . and 
thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, and 
without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee 
forever and ever. (Doctrine and Covenants 121:45, 
46.) 

The birth and continued vitality of the Church 
is visible proof of the prophetic powers of both the 
ancient prophets and their latter-day successor. But 
the best proof lies within individuals themselves who 
have embraced the Gospel. Thousands testify to 
having been literally "born again," with an entirely 
new and exalted outlook which gives majestic pur- 
pose and meaning to life. And the companionship of 
the Holy Ghost which has come to them has brought 
with it that peace of which the Savior spoke: 

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto 
you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let 
not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 
(Jo/m 14:27.) 

n See Herbert H. Farmer, "The Bible, Its Significance and Author- 
ity," in Interpreter's Bible, Volume 1; page 25, including quotation 
from John Oman. 
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Chad awoke with a start as his father's voice 
boomed through the house. Had he heard right? 
Had Father said it snowed last night? Chad bound- 
ed from his bed to the window with the agility of 
the nimble deer he hoped to track in the woods that 
day. Sure enough — the snow lay inches deep on 
the ground outside his window, and the bright 
morning sun made little sparkling stars on its smooth 
surface. His heart pounded with excitement. 

Chad was a Boy Scout, and he had been work- 
ing on his tracking merit badge. He needed the 
track of one more wild animal before it would be 
completed. He especially wanted to find the tracks 
of the deer that roamed deep in the forest just 
outside the town. His father had explained that 
it would be best to wait until the first good snow- 
storm and then hike to Big Spring in the heart 
of the forest where the deer came at noontime for 
a drink. There he would find many fresh tracks to 
study, measure, and trace on paper so that his scout- 
master could judge his work. 

Chad knew the forest nearly as well as he knew 
his own backyard, for he had taken his fishing pole 
and gone with his father many lazy summer after- 
noons to fish in the waters at Big Spring. Mother 
said he was the best fisherman of his age in the 
whole town. 

He hurried through breakfast, then pulled on 
his boots and bundled into his nice warm jacket. 
He shrugged into his pack and was starting out the 
door when his mother called, "Chad, I made a little 
lunch for you — I thought a warm drink of milk 
might taste good before you started home." Chad 
felt a warm glow inside him as he tucked the lunch 
into his pack. He thought, "I bet none of the other 
fellows have near as good a mother as I have!" He 
called his "thank you" to her as he closed the door; 
and her voice followed him, "Be sure you come back 
right after lunch, for it gets dark early up there 
around Big Spring." 

As Chad hurried along the path, he watched the 
birds hopping ahead of him. Their feet made funny 
little crosses in the fluffy, white snow. He listened 
to the chatter of the bushy-tailed squirrels and 
watched them scamper deeper into the branches of 
the big fir trees as he passed. 

(For Course 3, lessons of August 20, 27, and October 29, "The 
Sacrament Is in Remembrance of Jesus," "I Would Follow in His 
Footsteps," and "Our Heavenly Father Can Do Everything"; for 
Course 5, lesson of October 1, "Jesus Is Our Leader"; for Course 9, 
lesson of September 17, "The Power of Faith"; for Course 25, lessons 
of September 17 and October 1, "Walking in the Light" and "To 
Them That Ask"; to support family home evening lessons 25 and 5; 
and of general interest.) 



Finally the banks of Big Spring were in sight, 
and Chad set about the task of measuring and trac- 
ing and checking the clear hoofprints in the fluffy, 
white blanket of snow all about him. 

As he stepped around a tall pine, he stopped, 
breathless. There before him was a great father deer 
with his herd all about him. He was so close that 
Chad could hear him breathe. Chad was downwind, 
and the deer was so busy pawing the snow with his 
hoof so that the young of the herd might munch 
the tender grass beneath that he didn't know he 
was being watched. As Chad lingered, fascinated by 
the scene before him, he didn't realize that storm 
clouds had gathered and completely hidden the 
warm sunlight. And a cold wind had started to blow, 
bringing with it an occasional snowflake. A chill 
coursed through Chad's body as he looked about, 
and fear tightened his heart; he knew this was no 
place to be in a snowstorm, for it was easy to become 
lost. 

He lifted his pack on his back, pulled the straps 
high on his shoulders, and hurried back to the path 
leading home. The storm rushed ahead of him, and 
soon the air was full of snowflakes that stung his 
face as the wind whipped against him. He pulled 
his cap down over his ears and tucked his chin into 
his collar to find more comfort, but that was not 
enough. He remembered the warm milk in his pack 
and stopped long enough to drink it, but as soon 
as it was gone he was as cold as before. 

Chad's arms and legs grew stiff with cold, and 
as he stumbled along the way, his fear grew, for it 
was difficult to see the path. Cold chills racked 
his tired body and, as one does when he is numb 
with cold, he found himself remembering times past 
when he had felt warm. He remembered the time 
his father's arm had circled his shoulder and he had 
said, "I love to take Chad with me, for I know 
whatever I tell him to do, he will do it well." He 
had felt all warm and tingly inside at this. 

Another time he remembered was one Sunday 
morning in Sunday School when it was his turn to 
lead the children in the sacrament gem. As he stood 
waiting for the organ music to stop, he seemed to 
be standing in a pool of sunlight that was shining 
through the window at the back of the room, and 
it formed a bright pathway right over the heads of 
the boys and girls seated in front of him. It was 
so bright that he couldn't see their faces, all he 
could see was the sunshine pathway; and he thought 



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to himself, "It looks like a golden path that could 
lead me right to Jesus." He remembered the organ 
was playing the hymn, " 'Come, Follow Me/ the 
Savior said," and he had thought, "That is just 
right, for those are the words I am to recite." 

As Chad trudged along trying to keep on the 
path that would lead him out of the cold, dark 
forest, the words of that sacrament gem kept re- 
peating themselves over and over in his mind, 
"Come, follow me; Come, follow me." He stopped 
and looked about him. It was then Chad realized 
that he was lost, for all the trees looked alike. He 
was so cold he knew that if he didn't have help, he 
would freeze. 

In the shelter of a great pine tree, Chad knelt 
in the snow and prayed to his Heavenly Father to 
help him find the way back home. Then, as he 
stood up and looked about him, it seemed he no 
longer saw the great trees and the swirling snow. 
Instead he seemed to see the sunlit pathway of that 
Sunday morning long ago, and he started walking 
toward it. 

The next thing Chad knew, he was listening to 
his father's voice, and his father's protecting hands 
were on his head. As he listened, he knew his father 
was praying about him. With great effort Chad 
opened his eyes. His father was bending over him. 
Bishop Chatterton was there, too. Chad realized 
he was near a big campfire and was wrapped in a 
warm blanket. He heard the bishop say, "He is all 
right, Bill, your boy will be all right." Kind, strong 
arms lifted him and carried him out of the forest, 
and soon he was back in his own warm bed. 

It was then that Chad's mother told him the 
rest of the story, how the men of the town had 
gone to the woods to search for him after the storm 
broke and he had failed to return home, and how 
the mothers and children had gathered to pray and 
asked God to help the searchers find him. 

As Chad heard the story, he knew in his heart 
that God had heard their prayers, for he had fol- 
lowed the bright light and it had led him to safety. 
Chad knew he would never forget the light, nor the 
hymn that had repeated itself over and over in his 
mind as he had stumbled along his way — " 'Come, 
Follow Me,' the Savior said." 1 



Wymns, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Suints, No. 14. 

* Marie J. Nelson is Junior Sunday School coordinator in Brig- 
ham First Ward, Box Elder (Utah) Stake. She also teaches in 
MIA and is a member of two ward choruses. She attended Weber 
College. She is married to Marvin W. Nelson and they have three 
grown children. 

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F AM I LY 

"MOOD" 
METER 



by Victor B. Cline 



* 



Teaching children to be kind and loving, or, in 
short, Christlike, is a project requiring a great deal 
of patience and skill. Desirable traits of personality 
are taught at Mother's knee, at bedtime, with Dad 
as he cleans up the yard on Saturday, and during a 
thousand other types of interaction between Father 
and Mother and their children. 

The "mood" meter has been developed for the 
purpose of measuring the emotional climate in the 
home, and should be especially useful where there 
are children of any age. It might be taped to the 
refrigerator door, on a cupboard, a wall, or other 
prominent place where the family frequently con- 
gregates. 

This technique can serve to sensitize all family 
members to their own mood, their spirit of coopera- 
tion and general goodwill — and if done in a positive, 
constructive manner can provide an incentive for 
each person to become more patient and loving in his 
relationships with others. 

Any child who has been outstanding in helpful- 
ness or love, or even in getting his work done on 
time, might be given special recognition by a red or 




(For Course 1, lesson of August 6, "We Are Kind to Each Other 
At Home"; for Course 5, lesson of October 22, "Family Members 
Work Together in the Home"; for Course 7, lessons of October 8 and 
22, "Be Happy, Kind, and Forgiving" and "Being A Good Family 
Member"; for Course 9, lesson of October 22, "The Gospel — A Plan 
for Right Living"; for Course 13, lesson of August 6, "Responsibility"; 
for Course 25, lessons of August 20 and October 15, "Priorities and 
Emphases" and "Create in Me A Right Spirit"; for Course 27, lesson 
of October 29, "Mortal Probation"; for Course 29, lesson of August 27, 
"Marriage and Family Relationships"; to support family home evening 
lessons 3 and 6; and of general interest.) 

*Victor B. Cline was recently called to serve on the Sunday 
School general board. He is associate professor of psychology at the 
University of Utah. He earned his A.A., B.A., and Ph.D. degrees 
at the University of California at Berkeley. He and Lois Cline are 
parents of eight children. 



Art by Dale Kilbourn. 



gold star placed beneath his name, on a sheet ad- 
jacent to the "mood" meter. This kind of recognition, 
while rather pedestrian and frequently used, rarely 
fails to work, even with children in their early teens. 
It appeals to their pride and competitive spirit. 
Modifications of this procedure for a particular fam- 
ily situation could be used experimentally to find 
the method yielding the best results. 

While punishment, withdrawal of privileges, and 
similar corrective measures are sometimes necessary 
in socializing and rearing children, rewards for good 
behavior should be the major method of demonstrat- 
ing proper behavior and values. One of the most 
effective kinds of reward is praise sincerely given 
for a job well done, or for meritorious behavior in a 
child's relationships with family members, play- 
mates, and other associates. 

Too often parents get caught in the role of being 
"first sergeants" and, from the child's point of view, 
appear to do nothing but control and criticize. The 
"mood" meter technique allows the parent to use 
positive methods in eliciting the child's cooperation, 
rather than constantly chastising him for a job poor- 
ly done, for teasing his sister, or for engaging in 
other unwanted behavior. The family "mood" meter 
itself can be used with fun and humor, while at the 
same time serving as a useful aid in teaching family 
members to be more sensitive and thoughtful in 
their relations with each other, and in developing 
self-discipline. 



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IPHf^SiSissEK^ 




OUR FAMILY IS HAPPY! 
LOVE ABOUNDS. 




MAKING PROGRESS! 

WE ARE THOUGHTFUL 

AND KIND. 



Sunshine 

and 
Brightness 



F AM I LY 

MOOD' 
METER 




INSTRUCTIONS: Using outline ot arrow above as 
pattern, cut arrow from piece of heavy paper and 
attach end at Point A (left center of "Mood" 
Meter). Then each day adjust the position of the 
arrow according to the mood of your family. Use 
a pin or scotch tape to hold end of pointer in 
place. For greater stability, mount chart on card- 
board with rubber cement or by taping edges. 







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SPIRITUAL ANCESTORS 

ROBERT BRUCE WITH THE SPIDER— HE KEPT TRYING. 



A few evenings ago my wife, 
Belva, and I returned to our col- 
lege alma mater for a lecture. And 
what a stimulating experience it 
turned out to be! 

The lecture was actually given 
by two persons, a husband and 
wife team: Harry A. and Bonaro 
W. Overstreet. Now retired, for 
more than a quarter century he 
had served as head of the depart- 
ment of philosophy and psychol- 
ogy at City College of New York. 
Together this couple have been 
studying, for 15 years, the tactics 
of communism as well as those of 
the far right. Their books on hu- 
man behavior have been widely 
read. 

On this particular evening they 
discussed individual growth. Be- 
spectacled and with thinning, 
sandy hair, he looked and talked 
like a country doctor. Her hair was 
graying, but she spoke with the 
liveliness of youth. They drew fig- 
ures on the blackboard and talked 
feelingly with warm, over-the-back- 
fence informality. 

Each one of us should keep 
growing, they stressed. "When I 
went to college, a scientific educa- 
tion was good for a lifetime," 
Harry Overstreet said. "Now it is 
good for about four years." 

They developed seven ways for 
each of us to continue growing. 
Most interesting to me was the 
last one: A Sense of the Greater 
Than Ourselves. They noted that 
much of the greatness in life comes 
from looking up to someone. "This 
is an influence that you would not 

(For Course 3, lesson of August 27, "J 
Would Follow in His Footsteps"; for Course 
7, lesson of October 15, "Sharing Our Talents"; 
for Course 9, lesson of August 13, "A Leader 
Honors His Parents"; for Course 17, lesson of 
September 17, "Patterns of Personality"; for 
Course 27, lessons of August 6 and September 
24, "The Inner Life" and "The Savior, Faithful 
Son of God the Father"; and of general in- 
terest.) 



want to let down," Bonaro Over- 
street said. "In a way it is like 
having spiritual ancestors — per- 
sons in history you admire." 

Today I have been reflecting on 
some of the heroes in history who 
have pulled my life upward. One of 
the earliest was Robert Bruce, the 
gallant Scottish king who devoted 
most of his life (1274-1329) to try- 
ing to free his countrymen from 
English rule. When I was a small 
lad, my father liked to tell us the 
story about Bruce and the spider. 
My father said it was perhaps one 
of the first stories his mother had 
told him. 

The legend said Bruce was hid- 
ing from his enemies. One version 
states that he was in a cave; an- 
other, in a wretched hut. As he 
lay on his back, he saw a spider 
swinging by one of its threads. The 
spider was trying to swing itself 
from one point to another. Several 
times the spider failed — the same 
number of times as the battles 
Bruce had lost against the English. 
Then, with a supreme effort, the 
spider succeeded. Encouraged, 
Bruce marched forth to victory. 
In 1328 he became Robert I of 
Scotland, after routing the English 
at Bannockburn. 

Then I recall a white bust of 
Abraham Lincoln which stood on a 
library shelf in our home for years. 
Lincoln was my father's model. I 
was warmed by Lincoln's human- 
ness and disciplined by his hon- 
esty. 

Other heroes came along. We 
had in our home a large, olive- 
green, generously illustrated book 
on Theodore Roosevelt's big game 
hunts in Africa. Roosevelt, the lion 
hunter, became a boyhood hero 
and remained so. His vigor and 
crusading spirit later won me even 




Art by Dale Kilbourn. 



more than his hunting prowess. 
No figure in the Old Testament 
captivated me as Joseph, who was 
sold into Egypt. Then I found a 
diary of a pioneer architect, Tru- 
man 0. Angell, written in his own 
handwriting. His life stirred me to- 
ward greater dedication. I shall 
never forget how that genius toiled 
for years over his drawing board in 
a poorly lighted little shack, 
sketching designs for the Salt Lake 
Temple, while he battled dizzy 
spells, insomnia, indigestion, and 
severe chills in his fingers. 

All these men's lives have lifted 
mine. So have the lives of others I 
have known personally. Yet, as I 
contemplate them, not one has in- 
fluenced me to the point where 
I thought I might be letting him 
down if I erred, at least after his 
death. Only two men have affected 
me that much: the Man of Galilee, 
and my father. I recall one time 
when I felt I had failed in an 
assignment. What made the experi- 
ence really hurt was the thought 
that I had let down my father, 
even though he had been dead for 
some time. 

Yes, I agree with the Overstreets 
that spiritual ancestors help us 
grow. And I cannot think of any 
greater honor that could come to a 
man or woman than to be con- 
sidered a spiritual ancestor of his 
own son or daughter. That is what 
my father has been to me. 

— Wendell J. Ashton. 



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